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- Related Titles
original language: 梅花圖
color woodblock print on paper
- Dimensions (H x W x D)
image: 8 7/8 in x 12 3/16 in; sheet: 12 9/16 in x 17 in
- Inscriptions & Markings
inscription: Yixiao mudan cheng fugui nazhi wufujian meihua 一咲牡丹稱富貴那知無福見梅花 (Peony seems to be wealthy and honored, it is nothing better than plum blossom.), printed, right margin Language: Chinese
seal: Muren 木人, printed, right margin, bottom Language: Chinese
signature: Baishi bingti 白石題 (Baishi painted and composed), printed, right margin, bottom Language: Chinese
- Collection Area
Asian Art; Graphic Arts
- Object Type
- Credit Line
Gift of Donald and Mel Jenkins
- Accession Number
© unknown, research required
The plum blossom is called the Flower of Five Blessings because it symbolizes longevity, wealth, health, love of virtue, and a peaceful death. Here, Baishi compares the plum blossom favorably to the showier peony. He writes, "The peony is associated with wealth and nobility, but nothing is more auspicious than the plum blossom."
Baishi makes use here of his trademark combination of vivid red for the plum blossoms and black for the branches. His choice of the phrase muren (wood man) for his seal reflects his career as a carpenter and carver in his teenage years.