The main flowers in this work are peonies in gorgeous bloom with rose, chrysanthemum, and hibiscus blossoms playing supporting roles that fill the spaces. The riot of pistils and stamens compete with the crisscrossing leaves and branches. The colors are also bright and beautiful, making for a solid scene with a strong decorative effect. The China rose shown here is the periwinkle, which is also known as the “flower of everlasting spring.” Its combination with the peony, “king of flowers,” is a metaphor for “riches in an everlasting spring.”
The multiple colors woven against a blue background are done in a rich variety of light and dark tones. The individual petals of the peonies have been rendered in the “connecting” tapestry method around the edges using red silk thread for highlighting. The petals spread out in a complex arrangement of layers for numerous poses in a realistic manner. The repeated peony petals were done in the “knotting” method of color propping, the layers of colors gradually fading with wash effects. The result is a volumetric yet decorative quality integrating elements of painting methods, weaving techniques, and auspicious content all into one. The mature skill here also makes this work of unparalleled quality.