- Museum number
Hanging scroll.The quail (anchun) is a symbol for peace (pronounced an). The grain in this image also plays into the visual pun (rebus). A stalk of grain is pronounced sui, which sounds like the word for ‘year’. So the quail amid many stalks of grain indicates ‘may you enjoy peace year after year’. Painted in ink and colours on silk.
- Production date
Height: 117 centimetres (image)
Width: 85 centimetres (image)
- Curator's comments
- Lü Ji was a Ming dynasty court painter of birds and flowers, who achieved the rank of commander in the Imperial Guards. He became famous for his sensitive skill in capturing natural subjects and many painters of his own time and later generations followed his style.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2008 10 Jan-5 Aug, BM Galleries 91, Fascination With Nature
- Acquisition date
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- Additional IDs
Asia painting number: Ch.Ptg.162 (Chinese Painting Number)