Ming dynasty / Swan and Cygnets / 14th century - 15th centuryMing dynasty
Swan and Cygnets
14th century - 15th century

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: Ming dynasty
Title: Swan and Cygnets
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1300
Creation End Date: 1499
Creation Date: 14th century - 15th century
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: Ink and color on silk
Dimensions: H.62 x W.35-1/2 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 62.70.7
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Alice O'Brien
Rights: http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.html

By the Sung dynasty (960-1280) the Chinese had perfected a pictorial art form called hua niao (flower and bird painting). Chinese artists combined a highly descriptive approach to rendering plants and animals with themes that had psychological implications. Based on a composition by the eleventh century artist Wu Yuan-yu, this carefully executed painting of a swan and cygnets forms a pair with another scroll of the same subject matter. The compositions express a psychological realism between parent and child that is emblematic of traditional Confucian values of family unity. Large paired paintings like these were commonly hung in the reception halls of aristocratic homes as well as palaces during the early Ming period.

AMICA ID: MIA_.62.70.7
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: ? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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