Welcoming spring

Unidentified artist

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In Chinese, both goats and sheep are called yang 羊, which sounds like the word for “sun” (yang 陽). Three goats together, a motif repeated three times here, thus evokes the phrase “three suns welcome spring” (sanyang kaitai 三陽開泰), a wish for an auspicious new year taken from the ancient Book of Change (Yi Jing).

#7325. Welcoming Spring

Welcoming spring, Unidentified artist Chinese, 14th–15th century, Silk embroidery on silk gauze, China

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