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Gift: Spotted Lilies: Gallery Label - Current

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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2009-06-15

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Although birds and flowers are not a common subject for fan prints, Hiroshige created a number of fan series with floral designs between the 1840s and 1850s. This is one from a three-print set that features flowers symbolic of good fortune. In addition to their obvious beauty, spotted lilies with their edible roots have long been a source of nutrition in Japan. Thus, they represent an alternative meaning of the ideograph for prosperity (roku), which can connote "gift."
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Added to Site: June 18, 2009