Cranes, Peach Tree, and Chinese Roses, After Shen Quan (Chinese, 1682–after 1762), Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, China

清 倣沈銓 月季桃鶴圖 軸
Cranes, Peach Tree, and Chinese Roses

After Shen Quan (Chinese, 1682–after 1762)
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
early 18th century
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Image: 78 1/4 x 39 3/4 in. (198.8 x 101 cm)
Overall with mounting: 97 3/4 x 48 1/8 in. (248.3 x 122.2 cm)
Overall with knobs: 97 3/4 x 51 1/8 in. (248.3 x 129.9 cm)
Credit Line:
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
Because of their association with immortals, both cranes and peaches are symbolic of longevity. The crane is often shown carrying an immortal on its back, and mythical peaches of immortality grow in the orchard of Xiwangmu, the queen mother of the West. The cranes and peaches thus evoke an isle of the immortals—perhaps Penglai (Japanese: Hōrai), an auspicious paradise frequently depicted throughout East Asia.

In 1731 the Chinese artist Shen Nanpin went to Nagasaki to teach Japanese students the traditional Chinese style of realistic painting, resulting in the establishment of the Nagasaki school. Even after Nanpin returned to China, many works in his style continued to be imported into Japan, influencing painting styles there into the late Edo period.
Inscription: Artist’s inscriptions and signature (1 column in semi-cursive script):


Artist’s seals

Shen Quan zhi yin 沈銓之印
Nanpin 南蘋
[ Harry G. C. Packard , Tokyo, until 1975; donated and sold to MMA].
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