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A painted image of a cluster of purple flowers and leaves around them. There is Chinese writing on the right.

The painted ink image features a small angled branch coming out from the top-left corner. Coming off of the branch is a cluster of small, purple flowers that are pointing downwards, they have small yellow dots at the center of them. There are small, narrow leaves around and behind the purple flowers and a long, thin branch pointing outward and towards the bottom-right. On the right side of the image, is one vertical row of Chinese writing in black ink with a small red outlined symbol at the bottom of the row. In the button-left corner is a larger red outlined symbol that is square in shape. The background is off-white.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Zhang Xiong 張熊, Chinese (1803 - 1886)
Wisteria (One of Twelve Album Leaves)
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Flowers of the Twelve Months
Work Type
album leaf, painting
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Qing dynasty, 1644-1911
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Physical Descriptions

One leaf from an album of eleven (originally twelve) leaves; ink and color on paper; with signature of the artist reading 'Zixiang Zhang Xiong'
16.6 x 22.1 cm (6 9/16 x 8 11/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: upper right, ink on paper, calligraphy, Chinese, signed: Tzu-hsiang Chang Hsiung

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Philip Hofer
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Exhibition History

  • Chinese and Japanese Painting of the Early Modern Era, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 02/27/1993 - 07/04/1993
  • East Asia in the Nineteenth Century, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 03/05/1994 - 08/21/1994
  • Plum, Orchid, Chrysanthemum, and Bamboo: Botanical Motifs and Symbols in East Asian Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 07/06/2002 - 01/05/2003
  • 32Q: 2600 East Asian, Japanese, Chinese and Korean, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 12/03/2015 - 06/07/2016

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