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Peonies and Rocks

Peonies and Rocks

early 1900s

Six-panel folding screen; ink and color on silk

Overall: 175.8 x 264.6 cm (69 3/16 x 104 3/16 in.); Painting: 104.7 x 30.8 cm (41 1/4 x 12 1/8 in.)

Gift of The Honorable Joseph P. Carroll, KM, and Roberta Carroll, M.D. 2022.60

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In East Asian art, peonies traditionally symbolize prosperity and wealth.

Description

By the late nineteenth century, peony paintings with bold designs and striking graphic stylization were increasingly produced and consumed by middle-class members because of its symbolic meaning: prosperity and wealth.

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