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Shen Quan

(Chinese, 1682–ca. 1760)

Plum and Magpies

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Object Details

Artist

Shen Quan

Date

18th century

Medium

Hanging scroll: ink on silk

Dimensions

20 × 62 inches (50.8 × 157.5 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Alice and Martie Young

Object
Number

2000.161

Shen Quan, also known as Shen Nanping, was an artist who specialized in bird-and-flower painting. Pa(…)

Shen Quan, also known as Shen Nanping, was an artist who specialized in bird-and-flower painting. Paintings of vividly portrayed birds and flowers are admired and collected by connoisseurs in China. Depictions of birds-and-flowers in circular fan shapes are placed on the top of the scrolls. A picture of a pair of magpies in a plum tree would also make an appropriate wedding gift, representing wishes for marital happiness.

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