Pair of Screens with Landscapes and Flowers and Birds
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
late 17th–early 18th century
Carved red lacquer
Screen (each): 8 5/8 x 5 in. (21.9 x 12.7 cm)
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913
Not on view
Small screens such as this pair were made in lacquer and ivory and used as decorations for a desk or study in the late Ming and early Qing periods. Here, the figures in the landscape on one side and the flower-and-bird motif on the other parallel themes in contemporaneous paintings. The prevalence of such scenes illustrates the interest in the visual arts that marked the lives of the elite, both government bureaucrats and wealthy merchants.