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.

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  • Title: Peonies
  • Date Created: late 1200s
  • Physical Dimensions: 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.)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1976.90
  • Medium: hanging scroll, ink and color on silk
  • Department: Chinese Art
  • Culture: China, Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)
  • Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
  • Collection: ASIAN - Hanging scroll
  • Accession Number: 1976.90

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