Carp and Swallow

    SKU: brimus184

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    A fine art print of 'Carp and Swallow' by the Chinese artist Li he yan, dated to the early Qing dynasty.

    The composition of this large-sheet woodblock print is dominated by a blue carp that leaps vertically out of the water reaching towards a willow and a flowering prunus branch on which a swallow rests.

    The leaping carp is an image for a young man aiming to pass the civil-service examinations in order to pursue the career of an official.‘

    More about this artwork

    Swallow’ is pronounced yan in Chinese, and Yanjing is the old name of Beijing, the place where civil-service exams of the highest level took place, qualifying successful candidates for careers at court. The print therefore would have made an ideal gift for an aspiring or successful examination candidate.

    Prints of this size and quality were mostly produced in Suzhou. The impression shows no signs of joined blocks. This leads to the assumption that it was made with woodblocks, both for black outline and for colour, in the size of the sheet. Suzhou was not only a centre for fine printing during the Ming and Qing dynasties; it also was the birthplace of a high percentage of educated young scholars who successfully passed the capital examinations.

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