Height: 35.000 cm
Width: 27.500 cm
Asia OA 1906.11-28.23
Ding Liangxian, Flowers and Incense, a colour woodblock print
Suzhou, Jiangsu province,
Qing dynasty, AD 1720-50
This print was originally produced by members of the Ding family studio in Suzhou, Jiangsu province. Each print is of an auspicious subject accompanied by a verse which is a pun on the motifs depicted.
this print, different good wishes are expressed through a complex
combination of symbols. The wish for peace, prosperity and riches
in the accompanying verse is echoed by the bronze vessels. The two
components of the word for bronze give the meaning
'gold-like' and as objects of antiquity they are
regarded as valuable. The word for vase,
ping, is a
Like many prints from this group, the technique of embossing known as gonghua has been used to distinguish the multiple petals of the peonies and to enhance their subtle colour gradations.