Deep Dish with Egret Design Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: 1639 Culture: Japan Medium: Porcelain with underglaze blue (Hizen ware) Dimensions: H. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm); Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm) Classification: Ceramic
Plum Branch (Yi Yuwon, Korean, 1814-1888) The calligraphic and impressionistic style of this painting renders the subject both representational and abstract. The plum flower was originally associated with spring; bamboo, chrysanthemum, and orchid represented summer, autumn, and winter, respectively. By the nineteenth century, this quartet of plants became firmly established as the Four Gentlemen.