明 仿林良 喜上梅梢圖 軸 Birds Amidst Blossoming Plum and Bamboo
After Lin Liang (Chinese, ca. 1416–1480)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
40 15/16 x 18 11/16 in. (104 x 47.4 cm)
Purchase, C. C. Wang Gift, 2002
Not on view
Identified by the white patch on their heads as "whitehaired oldsters" (baitou weng), the birds in this painting are auspicious symbols of longevity. Combined with the plum and bamboo—symbols of moral virtue and renewal—the painting would have made a fitting gift for a birthday or anniversary celebration.
Signature: Lin Liang One seal of the artist: Yi Shan Tu Shu
[sale, Christie's, Hong Kong , Fine Chinese Classical Paintings and Calligraphy; April 28, 2002, lot 414, to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Four Seasons," January 28, 2006–August 13, 2006.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China's Age of Brilliance," January 23, 2009–September 13, 2009.