|Title||Birds and Flowers|
|Subject||Birds and Flowers|
|Date||Late 19th - early 20th century|
|Creator||Unidentified Korean artist|
|Format||Ten-panel folding screen|
|Description||Paintings of birds and flowers have a long tradition in East Asian art. In Korea folding screens depicting combinations of birds and flowers became prevalent in the late Joseon period and continued to be popular in the twentieth century.
Carefully composed and meticulously detailed, the scenes in this colorful and exquisitely painted screen are characterized by heightened realism. Each panel portrays one or more pairs of birds resting on or flying around a blossoming plant, a tree, or reeds. The rightmost panel also includes a hen with her chicks under a rock. The symbolism of male-female pairings of birds—mandarin ducks, for example, are known to mate for life—made such screens suitable decoration for wedding ceremonies or a bridal chamber. Beyond domestic bliss, paintings of birds and flowers also embodied wishes for wealth, career advancement, longevity, and fecundity.
|Publisher||Metropolitan Museum of Arts
|Contributor||Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift and John M. Crawford Jr. Bequest, 1993|
|Source||Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|Period||Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)|
|Medium||Ink and color on silk|
Image (each panel): 54 3/8 x 10 3/8 in. (138.1 x 26.4 cm)
Overall: 73 5/8 in. × 11 ft. 3/8 in. (187 × 336.2 cm)
Unidentified Korean artist, “Birds and Flowers,” The Museum of Korean Folk Art , accessed June 11, 2021, https://mokfa.omeka.net/items/show/1.