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Peonies and Ducks
Ink and color pigment on silk; mounted as a hanging scroll
This painting depicts a pair of Mallard ducks swimming below peony blossoms. This painting is likely by a Chinese painter, but it is mounted as a hanging scroll in the Japanese style. Isabella Stewart Gardner collected East Asian paintings, including hanging scrolls and folding screens, and several of these works are displayed near the museum stairways and elevator.