This album plays on the theme of reality versus illusion. The moon is reflected in a basin of water, a flower is next to its image in a mirror, and a butterfly is attracted to chrysanthemums painted on a silk fan
Baluster jar, Wanli period, c. 1575 - c. 1600, Swatow, h 24.5cm × d 9.4cm. AK-MAK-328. On loan from the Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatische Kunst, 1972. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
Jardinière decorated with fish and plants, Ming-early Qing dynasty, 1600-1699, porcelain, h 17.2cm × d 22cm. AK-MAK-572. On loan from the Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatische Kunst, 1972. Rijskmuseum, Amsterdam.