The Museum’s collection holds a nineteenth-century album by an anonymous artist, with twelve colorful paintings on paper that show stylized butterflies to brilliant effect. A popular motif in Chinese art, butterflies often represent summer, romance, and dreams. Our colorful necklace is based on butterfly images from this vivid Qing album.
24K gold overlay, hand enameled with black glass beads and Czech crystals. Hook and eye closure. 18 1/2''L.
- 24K gold overlay, hand enameled with black glass beads and Czech crystals
- Hook and eye closure
- 18 1/2''L
Art HistoryIn the early seventeenth century, the Manchus, a semi-nomadic people from the northeast, took over China and established the Qing (”pure”) dynasty (1644–1911). Under the Manchus the arts flourished, especially during the reigns of the emperors Kangxi (r. 1662–1722), Yongzheng (r. 1722–36), and Qianlong (r. 1736–95). These rulers embraced Chinese artistic traditions and supported the production of elegant paintings on silk and paper as well as exquisite wares for the elite.