late 1200s
Painting: 145.5 x 88.3 cm (57 5/16 x 34 3/4 in.); Overall with knobs: 256 x 113.2 cm (100 13/16 x 44 9/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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In China, the peony is considered the Queen of Flowers, representing the late spring season. The shrubs of this tree peony are in full bloom, blossoming in various colors. Peony paintings were popular from the Southern Song period to the Ming dynasty. The large scale of this decorative scroll suggests that it may have been hung in a reception hall, conveying good wishes for wealth and prosperity.


late 1200s

China, Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)

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