|Deer in a fantastic mountain scene
|This scroll appears to have been part of a multipanel screen of the ten longevity symbols. The mountains, yongji mushrooms, clouds, and deer are all typical motifs found in such screens. Many screens depicting the ten longevity symbols were painted during the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910). Court artists painted them for use during New Year celebrations and as gifts to ministers on their sixtieth birthdays. The diagonally receding rocks in strong blues and greens are accentuated by the bright red of the sprouting yongji. Three deer (deer are considered sacred in Korean folk tradition) emerge from behind rocks in this imaginary land of immortality.
|Gift of the Asian Art Foundation
|Asian Art Museum of Sanfrancisco
|Joseon dynasty (1392-1910)
|Ink on linen
H. 48 in x W. 17 in, H. 121.9 cm x W. 43.2 cm (overall),
H. 26 in x W. 15 in, H. 66.0 cm x W. 38.1 cm (image)