Currently on View in K308.p9
This decoration appears realistic, but in nature, buds, blossoms, leaves and fruit never appear together.
Peaches are symbols of immortality, and "nine" has the same sound as the word for "a long time."
Many decorations in Chinese art are actually rebuses, or image puzzles; the images, when pronounced, had the same sound as other auspicious words or ideas.
S. Davis of St. Louis, Missouri, C. T. Loo / Frank Caro (invoice 06 March 1953 $2,800) Mr. & Mrs. Eli Lilly, Indianapolis, Indiana; given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1960.