Crane in a Garden


Artist
Chinese (Chinese)
Date
1644-1911
Medium
Ink, color on silk
Dimensions
Image : 6 ft. 2 in. x 37 1/4 in. (1.9 m x 94.62 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
Object Number
2014.23.63

Label
Because traditional Chinese mythology said that cranes could live for hundreds of years, the birds were often used as symbols of long life in Chinese art and popular culture. Because bamboo is strong but pliant, it became a symbol of resilience and moral integrity, while rocks were frequently used as symbols of toughness and endurance. The combination of imagery in this painting of a crane dancing beside a contorted garden rock beneath a copse of golden bamboo thus conveys a wish for longevity and inner strength that would have made it appropriate for display during Lunar New Year festivities or on a person’s birthday or anniversary.

Object Type
Painting