Gum tempera and gold on paper
Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection 2013.354
The blue bell-shaped flowers may be neelakurinji, which bloom once every twelve years.
The white and blue porcelain vase at the center of the composition represents the kind of Chinese ceramics that were regularly exported to Europe. Its delicate designs include a hilly landscape and a palace structure. Surrounding it is a symmetrical arrangement of flowers and plants, including pink chrysanthemums, that evokes Persian scrollwork. The idealized and abundant nature recalls popular Indian motifs. Taken together, the different elements communicate the cosmopolitan status of the elite patron.
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