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Couple Swallows Kite

Couple Swallows

These twin swallows were painted on silk by Kong Bingzhang 孔炳彰 in 2004. Notice the claws in the center. Chinese art often makes use of complementary colors in balanced designs such as this. Butterflies and fish complement the main peony theme. Peonies are symbols of love and affection. In marriage, they bring the couple together as complements of one another. The idea of twin swallows is obvious.












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Last update: June 2008
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