National Beauty and Heavenly Fragrance
Medium:Silk on Rice Paper
Height: 38 in
Width: 12 in
Depth: 1 in
Chinese scroll with a two butterflies flying above a flowering branch.
The national flower of China is the peony, which is a symbol for peace. As such, a Chinese expression for the peony is commonly referred to as "national beauty and heavenly fragrance." This traditional Chinese scroll was purchased from the Yu Arts Pavilion within the historic Yuyuan Gardens during GVSU President Thomas Haas's visit in March 2016. Yuyuan Gardens, first built for Ming Dynasty Emperor Pan Yunduan in 1559, preserves the traditional architectural styles that provided the court with spaces of serenity and contemplation. The Yu Arts Pavilion features a range of contemporary Shanghai artists who create traditional Chinese crafts.