Birds and Flowers of Early SpringBirds and Flowers of Early Spring
Chinese (active c. 1500)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Hanging scroll; ink and mineral pigments on silk
66 7/16 x 40 7/16 in. (168.7 x 102.7 cm)
Colorful flower-and-bird paintings were created by courtpainters during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) to decorate the grand halls of imperial palaces, where they could also serve as metaphors for the emperor and his court.