Blue and White : Red Durian flower with crane and bat
Acrylic on acid free paper
RM 600 (USD 150)
Bat (fu 蝠)
The bat is a symbol of happiness and joy. The Chinese for bat (fu 蝠) sounds identical to the word for good fortune(fu 福) making bats a popular Chinese rebuses.
Crane (he 鹤)
The crane is a symbol of longevity because it lives a long life and its white feathers stand for old age.
It also represents high status as the crane is regarded as ‘a bird of the first rank’ in the imperial
hierarchy. Flying cranes symbolises a wish or hope to become an official in a higher position.
Source: British museum
Traditional Blue and white Chinese porcelaine jars were used to carry spices like ginger. In this painting, I have matched the fragrant Durian flower with this ginger jar because of the crane and bat motifs on the design. Bats are the main pollinators of the durian flower and the King of fruits is native to Malaysia.
September 2, 2020 at 18:13
Merci pour ce partage…
September 2, 2020 at 16:46
Bats are pollinators of night flowers and durian flowers bloom at night. It’s something new I learnt too and I wanted to share it!
September 1, 2020 at 20:34
September 1, 2020 at 18:28
Another great piece Peng Yu. And thank you for the details on the bat. I knew about the importance of the crane, but not the bat. Now, come to think of it, in a day when bees are dying in Europe, I didn’t know bats were pollinators too… 🙏🏻
September 1, 2020 at 04:22
Thank you I’m happy you do 💕💕💕Happy September! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
September 1, 2020 at 04:21
It is the national fruit of my country so yes of course I have tried the fruit 🤣 Happy September uncle Rave.
September 1, 2020 at 04:19
Thank you 💕
September 1, 2020 at 00:29
Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
THANK YOU FOR EXPLAINING ALL THE SYMBOLISM!
August 31, 2020 at 23:36
Love this one!
August 31, 2020 at 17:49
Hi, Tiff! Have you ever had the Durian fruit??? It is a real acquired taste, as I hear that the smell is extremely pungent. Almost overwhelming. I think I’d rather have the flower than the fruit! — YUR
August 31, 2020 at 14:45