Birds and Flowers Small Boxed Cards
Ten 3½ x 5 in. blank notecards with envelopes in an acetate-topped box
Published with the Chester Beatty Library
In the style of Ma Quan (active first half of 18th century)
Birds and Flowers, 19th century
Bird-and-flower painting emerged as an independent genre during the Tang dynasty (618–907) and has been popular in every dynasty since then. In addition to their beauty, birds often have symbolic associations, especially when paired with auspicious flowers.