By CAI Sufan
The aesthetic and symbolic properties of plants and gardens are enjoyed the world over, but this book focuses on 200 of the plants which enjoy particularly high esteem in Asia. Oriental Flowers presents these specimens by means of beautifully hand-drawn plates.
It may come as a surprise to many people that the majority of the cultivated plants and trees we are so fond of here in the western world originally hailed from China and the Orient. In the East, some plants have been imbued with a special meaning and symbolism beyond their natural properties. For instance, the Chinese revere the plum, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum as the "four gentlemen", believing that they possess incomparably noble qualities; and the Japanese use cherry blossoms to symbolise love and hope. This has led to a longstanding tradition of painting plants that had developed into a significant strand of Chinese painting.
The book is firmly rooted in this tradition, and of particular importance is the way in which it has been produced; printed on paper scroll which is as thin as silk, it is bound using traditional methods.
Paperback with extended backcover, 240 pages
Dimensions: 8.25 x 11.25 x 0.5 inches