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Tigers and leopards with magpies 까치와 호랑이• 표범

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Title
Tigers and leopards with magpies
까치와 호랑이• 표범
Date 1910-1945
Format Eight panel folding screen
Type Painting
Description

Each panel in this screen depicts a tiger and a magpie under a pine tree, except for two panels that replace the tigers with leopards. The symbol of “tiger and magpies” commonly represents good fortune, but the inclusion of leopards adds another layer of meaning. The beautiful patterns on the fur of leopards and tigers are often compared to the splendid and sophisticated talents of educated gentlemen in Korean cultural traditions. The tiger and leopard were each adopted as honorable symbols on rank badges of official garments during the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910). With its arrangement of tigers, leopards, and magpies, this screen reflects the ideal elite gentleman and would likely decorate a high official’s study or a man’s living quarters.

Credit Line Acquisition made possible by the Koret Foundation with additional funding from Korean Art and Culture Committee
Right Asian Art Museum of Sanfrancisco
Accession Number 2002.21
Period Japanese colonial period (1910-1945)
Culture Korean
Place Associated Korea
Medium Ink on paper
Dimensions
 38 3/4 in x 19 1/4 in, 98.4 cm x 48.9 cm (image);
H. 65 1/2 in x W. 191 1/2 in, H. 166.4 cm x W. 486.4 cm (overall)
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