decorative folding screen with hand painted birds, flowers and blossoming trees on a silver leaf background
Another adorable bird - mandarin duck - is depicted on this folding screen. In oriental culture this bird is regarded as an emblem of conjugal fidelity and joy. In Pairs, the mandarin ducks have been used as decorative motifs for folding screens from ancient times to the present. In addition to symbolizing wedding bliss, these birds appear in art as an auspicious wish, or congratulation, for growing prominence. A lot of other birds are masterfully captured by the artist on this painted screen; among the birds you can see beautiful herons, white cranes, nightingales and doves. All of these birds are representative of good life and good fortune..
Wild geese are also incorporated in the hand painted design of this folding screen. The southward migration of wild geese in autumn was so celebrated in the Orient, that it led to the incredible popularity of this bird as a decorative motif in the fine and applied arts. First used by Chinese painters, decorative motifs featuring wild geese later were adopted in Japan. The importance of this bird in oriental art was further secured by stories of several military heroes who had achieved victory in battle when a sudden breaking of ranks by flying geese signaled an ambush. This protective role of the birds led to their frequent use in decorating furnishings, folding screens, and possibly also their adoption as a decor as a family crest motif. In Japan, as in China, people associate geese with wedding bliss.
Luscious flowers, colorful birds, elegantly scrolled branches with fresh tender blooms masterfully painted on the folding screen creating a magnificent scene that is heavenly beautiful. The design and spiritual massage of this folding screen makes it a perfect gift to a couple, and can serve as an astonishing decoration for
a wedding or anniversary
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