arched top folding screen with hand-painted flowers, butterflies and birds
Arched Top Folding Screen
Pictures on a folding screen often have a symbolic meaning. In China its meaning is determined by combination of flowers,
plants other objects. In general the science with predominant floral elements and spring birds reflect a future of plentiful
progeny, prosperity and long life.
Peony flowers masterfully depicted on this folding screen have oriental origins. The bush peony, the type of flowers most often found in western gardens, rarely figures in oriental art or poetry. Instead, the peony tree, widely cultivated in China and Japan, is very popular motif that is gained prominence in decorative painting and applied arts. The peony been valued for its medicinal properties (the skin of its root being used to treat
illnesses related to blood circulation and fiver) as well as for stunning beauty of full flowers. Because of the powerful combination of healing qualities and esthetical value this gorgeous plant get titled as the king of flowers.
Each panel of this decorative screen has several butterflies included in the composition. Oriental culture views butterflies as souls of the living and the dead as well as symbols of joy and longevity.
Introduced as a design motif by the Chinese, butterflies have enjoyed widespread popularity in decorative painting on folding screens, room dividers and other home furnishings for centuries. Dynamic composition suggestive of movement and gives a rhythm to the overall design. Each flower petal, each scrolled leaf is masterfully captured by the artistic eye and realistically depicted for us to enjoy this melody of flower for many years to
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