Korean Folk Art
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Birds and Flowers

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Title Birds and Flowers
Date First half 19th century
Creator Unknown Korean artist
Format Eight-panel folding screen
Type Painting

An incredible variety of birds—ducks, pheasants, parrots, and others—pose and cavort among an equally diverse array of flowers, including lilies, peonies, chrysanthemums, and white and pink plum blossoms. Specific combinations of birds and flowers are almost always symbolic and auspicious. The ducks paired with camellias in the fourth panel from the right, for example, are emblematic of an enduring marriage.

Credit Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation
Source Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Accession Number 2015.79.455
Period Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)
Culture Korean
Geographic Origin Korea
Medium Ink and color on silk
59 × 120 1/2 in. (149.86 × 306.07 cm) (image)
77 1/2 × 143 1/8 × 3/8 in. (196.85 × 363.54 × 0.95 cm) (including mount)
59 × 15 1/16 in. (149.86 × 38.26 cm) (panel, each image )