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(Chinese, 1730-after 1788)
Album leaf, ink on paper
Sheet: 29 x 18.4 cm (11 7/16 x 7 1/4 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1985.71.5
A cat and a butterfly are homophones for the characters “mao die” 耄耋 (old age), so this painting expresses an auspicious hope of longevity for the artist's friend.
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