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SIPJANGSAENGDO / 십장생도 (Painting of Ten Symbols of Longevity)

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The Sipjangsaengdo is a painting that depicts the ten elements of nature symbolic of eternal youth. These symbols are: the sun, clouds, mountains, water, pine trees, turtles, deer, cranes, peaches, and the herb of eternal youth.

The Sipjangsaengdo reveals a cultural tradition unique to Korea. Considered to be the most grand and royal of the minhwa genre, it was used at various palace formal meal with the ten different themes harmonizing successfully on an vast canvas.

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