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Birds and Flowers

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Title Birds and Flowers
Subject Birds and Flowers
Date Late 19th - early 20th century
Creator Unidentified Korean artist
Format Ten-panel folding screen
Type Painting
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
Identifier Accession Number:1993.255
Period Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)
Culture Korean
Geographic Origin Korea
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.