沈铨 - 五伦全图
by Shen Quan (Qing Dynasty)
* Wǔlún (TC: 五倫; SC: 五伦) is the five human relationships from Confucianism: 君臣 monarch - subject、父子 father - son、夫婦 husband - wife、長幼 elder - young (or 兄弟 brother-brother)、朋友 friend - friend.
In a number of Chinese paintings, phoenix represents majesty; red-crowned cranes represent “father - son”; mandarin ducks represent “husband - wife”; white wagtails represent brotherhood; black-naped orioles represent friendship.
- laura elizabeth ross (via naomilku)