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Ch: diexingtu. Lit. Picture of the Butterfly of Happiness, or Picture of the Butterfly and the Emperor's Visit. A Chinese painting subject included among Pictures of Pleasures at Court *kyuuraku-zu ‹{Šy}. According to Kanou Ikkei's Žë–ìˆêŒk (1599-1662) *KOUSOSHUU Œã‘fW, the famous Tang dynasty emperor Xuanzong (Jp: *Gensou Œº@) let loose a butterfly and it led him into the palace where court ladies resided. The theme was painted both on fans and screens in the late 16c and early 17c by *Kanouha Žë–ì”h artists. The Butterfly of Happiness theme is usually represented by showing Xuanzong holding a butterfly and standing in a palatial garden surrounded by court ladies. Choukou-zu were frequently paired with other kyuuraku-zu such as Pictures of Elegant Battles *fuuryuujin-zu •——¬w} and illustrations of The Song of Everlasting Sorrow (Ch: Changhenge, Jp: CHOUGONKA ’·¦‰Ì).
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