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Beyond Beauty: Botanical Motifs and Metaphors in Late Imperial China

July 26, 2008–October 19, 2008
Gallery 108

The Chinese have traditionally imbued flowers, fruits, and woody grasses with rich and multilayered qualities that convey human aspirations, ideas, and values. This exhibition features 17th- and 18th-century ceramics, decorative arts, and paintings that illuminate the creative interplay between botanical images and human ideals.

Jar with Narcissus, Nandina Berries, Lingzhi Mushrooms, and Rocks. Mark and period of Yongzheng (1723–35). China. Gift of Mrs. Emily Crane Chadbourne.