Insects and Flowers

Insects and Flowers


c. 1900

Handscroll, ink and color on paper

Overall: 30.5 x 799 cm (12 x 314 9/16 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1915.617



More than 26 feet long, this scroll presents all sorts of insects, reptiles, and plants in delicate brushwork and pale colors, referring in style to earlier Southern Song dynasty bird-and-flower paintings. Upon a closer look, we see ants dismembering a butterfly and reptiles waiting to ambush prey.

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