Hollyhocks and butterflies


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Hollyhock (shu kui 蜀葵) implies that people’s hearts will follow their statesman or emperor.


Related motif:

Butterfly 蝴蝶


Fig 1: Chinese water painting 《蜀葵蛱蝶》

Fig 2: blue-and-white porcelain bowl, Chenghua period (1465 – 87), Ming dynasty, courtesy of the ATAKA Collection, the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, photograph by MUDA Tomohiro

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