Six persimmons and older age





Persimmon flower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ebenaceae
Genus: Diospyros

In philosophy, the painting of persimmons by Mu Qi (13th Century) exemplifies the progression from youth to age as a symbol of the progression from bitterness to sweetness. The persimmon when young is bitter and inedible, but as it ages it becomes sweet and beneficial to humankind. Thus, as we age, we overcome rigidity and prejudice and attain compassion and sweetness. Mu Qi’s painting of Six Persimmons is considered a masterpiece




Mu Qi: Six Persimmons, 13th century




















11 thoughts on “Six persimmons and older age

  1. Persimmons are one of my favourite trees. I love their colour in autumn, and their orange fruit are like Christmas decorations. Thanks for showing me Mu Qi’s painting.

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