Jan 19, 2010
Dec 8, 2009
Dec 8, 2009
Jan 19, 2010
Dec 8, 2009
Jan 19, 2010
Dec 8, 2009
Jan 19, 2010
Dec 8, 2009
Jan 19, 2010
Jan 19, 2010
Jan 19, 2010
Jan 19, 2010
Jan 19, 2010
Jan 19, 2010
Jan 19, 2010
Jan 19, 2010

Lily and Butterflies

Lily and Butterflies

萱蝶

1300s

Liu Shanshou 劉善守

(Chinese, active 1300s)

Hanging scroll, ink on silk

Image: 160 x 58.4 cm (63 x 23 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1971.132

Location

Did you know?

The bird is the Chinese wagtail (motacilla chinensis).

Description

The bird is represented in pale ink, probably sketched in before the darker ink was used to finish the rock. Like the butterfly and moth above, his tail feathers echo the bamboo as well as the leaves and petals of the flowers. The Chinese wagtail can connote brotherly love. The daylily was used for various pharmaceutical purposes, especially for deadening pain in childbirth. It was also considered efficacious in relieving grief and aiding in the production of sons. The lily is in fact the real subject of this painting: it is the common symbol for motherly love. Hence, the lingering of the butterfly over a lily can signify a son's love, devotion, and yearning for his mother—the refuge from worldly woes.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.