Ren Yi / The Five Relationships / Qing Dynasty (1644-1912); ca. 1840-1895Ren Yi
The Five Relationships
Qing Dynasty (1644-1912); ca. 1840-1895

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Creator Name: Ren, Yi
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Chinese; 1840-1895 Asia,East Asia,China
Creator Active Place: Asia,East Asia,China
Creator Name-CRT: Ren Yi
Title: The Five Relationships
Title Type: preferred
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1840
Creation End Date: 1895
Creation Date: Qing Dynasty (1644-1912); ca. 1840-1895
Creation Place: Asia,East Asia,China
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Hanging Scroll
Materials and Techniques: Hanging scroll. Ink and colors on paper.
Dimensions: 74 x 38 in.149.2 x 81.3 cm.
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1943.133
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Florence Ayscough and Harley Farnsworth MacNair
Subject Description: The painting depicts five types of birds arranged around wutong trees and a cliff. In fact this image functions as a rebus, and its theme can be traced back in painting to at least the Ming dynasty. The birds - phoenixes, Manchurian cranes, Mandarin ducks, orioles, and wagtails - symbolize what are known as the 'Five Relationships' (Wu lun). In Neo-Confucian philosophy, these were the social relationships between prince and minister, father and son, husband and wife, friends, and elder and younger brothers. The harmonious balance within and between each of these was seen as criticial for the creation of a harmonious society.(Little, 1999)
AMICA ID: AIC_.1943.133
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1999

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