Museum's Peach-Themed Relics A Reflection of Summer

August 9, 2019  Editor: Li Haoran

The Palace Museum in Beijing recently shared a range of photos featuring its collection of peach-themed relics on the micro blog Sina Weibo, as a way to celebrate summer. The images showcase utensils and paintings shaped or themed around the peach.

Peach-shaped decorations symbolize longevity, and peach patterns became quite popular during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, as seen on various utensils. Let's take a look.

An emerald brush washer in the shape of a peach from the Shunzhi Period of the Qing Dynasty [Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]
A peach-style agate shui cheng (a small container of water for ink stone) from the Qing Dynasty [Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]
A famille rose globular-shaped vase painted with peaches from the Yongzheng Period of the Qing Dynasty [Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]
A light yellow-glazed famille rose bowl decorated with peach patterns from the Yongzheng Period of the Qing Dynasty [Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]
A grayish blue Yixing kiln glazed peach-style water container, or shui zhu [Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]
A gray jade peach-style shui cheng carved with branches from the Qing Dynasty [Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]
An asparagus fern peach-style box from the Qianlong Period of the Qing Dynasty [Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]
A peach and stone painting by Qing Dynasty painter Ren Yi [Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]
A peach-themed painting by Qing Dynasty painter Zhao Zhiqian [Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]

 

(Source: chinadaily.com.cn)

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