"Boys Beneath Lotus" Folk Painted Panel

c. 1850
$428 USD
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W: 26.75" D: 1.0" H: 12.75"
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This folk hand-painted panel, laden with meaning, was once an interior panel of a large cabinet. It was part of a large collection of painted panels found outside of Beijing. The whimsical boys are dressed in traditional aprons. The boys hold lotus flowers above their heads, a symbol of purity, as the flowers rise out of the murky mud and blossom. Most children depicted in Chinese art are boys. Prior to 1949, only male heirs could inherit their parent's lands and perform ancestral rights that were very important in Chinese households.

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