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W900xH2200mm, China

This silk embroidery painting is a traditional gift for birthday of a lady of high social status.  In figure in the embroidery is the saint Ma Gu and the phoenix (queen of all birds) going to give her best wishes the Queen Mother of the West (the supreme head of all female saints) for her birthday.  On the tray that she is going to present to the Queen Mother has a few of the magic peaches which are believed to take 3000 years to flower, 3000 to bare fruits and another 3000 years to ripe, a bite of it will make one immortal.  The peach is a symbol of longevity, it was also featured in God of Longevity.

Unfortunately the closest we can get to the magic peach is through pottery, carving and paintings, but if you would like to try the worldly version, it is known as the Saturn Peach (Prunus persica f. compressa), they will not make you immortal but they are super delicious.

W450xH600mm, China

This is a glass painting of a pair of  Lady Amherst’s pheasant (Chrysolophus amherstiae) which are native to south western China and north eastern part of Myanmar.  For the Chinese, the Lady Amherst’s pheasant is a noble bird.  At the time of monarchy the Empress, being the highest ranking second only to the Emperor, would have phoenix as a pattern.  For the first ranking official, their costume would have a red crown crane, while the second ranking official the Lady Amherst’s pheasant.  The third ranking, the green peafowl and the fifth the silver pheasant, the eighth being the quail.