(7228G) Four Gentlemen
The Four Gentlemen plaque highlights plum blossom, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum; plants that are often featured in Chinese paintings and poetry. The motifs represent the four seasons - winter, spring, summer and autumn, suggesting the idea of nature's perpetual cycle of change.
Behind the plaque is a poem 'An Ode to the Gentlemen', an elegant composition that complements the visual presentation on the front, elaborating on noble virtues.
Plum blossom: Withstanding blustery gale and sleet in winter, plum blossoms prosper in harsh conditions, heralding the arrival of spring.
Orchid: With its stunning beauty, the orchid attracts admirers from near and far. This flower is compared to insight and noble virtues, admired and appreciated even when hidden.
Bamboo: Pliant yet strong, bamboo is likened to qualities of resilience and integrity.
Chrysanthemum: Chrysanthemum has long been revered as the symbol of simplicity and perfection.
W25cm x D14cm x H47.5cm
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