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Ten Longevity Symbols

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Title Ten Longevity Symbols
Date 19th century
Artist Artist/maker unknown, Korean
Description Despite this painting's title, the artist did not limit himself to depicting only ten symbols of long life. He instead focused on representative objects found in nature: the sun, clouds, water, rocks, mountains, pine trees, bamboo, fungus, turtles, cranes, and deer. All of these elements individually connote longevity throughout East Asia, but it was Korean artists who grouped them into ten, a number that means perfect and full in Asian culture. The rulers of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) were extremely fond of paintings with this subject, using them at various court events including weddings, birthdays, and celebrations of recovery from illness.
Medium Ink and colors on paper; framed
Dimensions 57 × 35 1/2 inches (144.8 × 90.2 cm)
Classification Paintings
Credit Line Purchased with the James and Agnes Kim Fund, 2009
Source Philadelphia Museum of Art
Accession Number 2009-238-1
Geography Made in Korea, Asia
Context Dynasty: Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)
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