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A painted image of black branches with pink flowers and buds on them. Long bamboo leaves are behind them.

The painted ink image is of two long, black branches with small pink cherry blossoms and buds on them. The branches extend from the bottom-left corner of the image to the center and point towards the right. The branches are angular in shape. Long, green bamboo leaves are behind the branches and extend from the bottom-left towards the center. The top-right corner of the image has two short vertical rows of Chinese writing in black ink along with a small red outlined symbol that is square in shape to the left of this writing. At the bottom-right of the image is a faded larger square red outlined symbol. The background is off-white.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Zhang Xiong 張熊, Chinese (1803 - 1886)
Plum Blossoms and Bamboo (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'
H. 16.6 x W. 22.1 cm (6 9/16 x 8 11/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: upper right, ink on paper, calligraphy, Chinese, signed, in artist's hand: Tzu-hsiang Chang Hsiung
  • collector's mark: bottom right, Chinese

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

  • 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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