Panel with Flowers in Vase and Scholar's Objects


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This embroidery illustrates a common theme in Chinese painting and decorative arts: a scene of a scholar’s study. Flowers bloom in a blue-and-white vase; a hexagonal brush pot holds a handscroll, a flywhisk, two brushes, a folding fan, and a ruyi scepter; and an ink stone and mountain-shaped brush rest await the master’s return. On this beautifully made panel, the flowers are embroidered with miniscule pearls rather than white thread.

Panel with Flowers in Vase and Scholar's Objects, Silk and metallic-thread embroidery with small pearls on woven silk, China

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