- The Peony: Flower of Wealth and Honor
- February 26, 2020
The peony, originally a Chinese flower and popularly called the "King of Flowers," has traditionally been regarded as a symbol of wealth and honor. Daily items like ceramics and lacquerware frequently feature peony designs and has also been favored as a painting theme. A large number of works with the motif have been brought from China to Japan, ranging from famous paintings attributed to the Chinese Northern Song dynasty (960–1127) Emperor Huizong (1082–1135) to works by modern artists. We hope you enjoy the selection of Chinese peony paintings prior to the flower's blooming season which lasts from April to May.