May 25, 2011
May 25, 2011

Purification at the Orchid Pavilion

Purification at the Orchid Pavilion

c. 1500

China, Ming dynasty


Carved cinnabar lacquer

Overall: 48.5 x 21 cm (19 1/8 x 8 1/4 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1974.72


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A stylized wave pattern represents water; land areas are covered in an overall diamond pattern.


The Spring Purification Festival is celebrated outdoors at the waterside and often includes a picnic. This finely carved lacquer panel depicts the historic event of the Spring Purification Festival at the Orchid Pavilion in the year AD 353. The gathering at the Orchid Pavilion is one of the most popular themes in Chinese art, recognizable by scholars sitting along a winding creek on which wine cups were set afloat.

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