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Title Lotus
Date Late 19th - early 20th century
Artist Artist/maker unknown, Korean
Description Buddhists have long considered the lotus a symbol of purity because its beautiful and fragrant blossoms grow from a muddy pond. The flower’s popularity and iconographic emphasis increased greatly with the expansion of Buddhism during the Goryeo dynasty (918–1392), and under Confucian rule in the Joseon dynasty that followed the lotus came to represent the upright and faithful scholar. This new meaning was based on Chinese wordplay—lotus (lian) and uprightness (lian) are homonyms. Joseon scholars who wished to cultivate virtue commonly installed lotus ponds in their gardens or placed lotus screen paintings like this one in their studies.
Format Mounted as a ten-fold screen
Medium Ink and color on paper

Overall: 66 inches (167.6 cm)

Each Panel: 66 × 13 1/2 inches (167.6 × 34.3 cm)

Image: 34 1/2 × 13 1/2 inches (87.6 × 34.3 cm)

Classification Paintings
Credit Line Purchased with funds contributed by members of the East Asian Art Committee and the Henry B. Keep Fund, 2011
Source Philadelphia Museum of Art
Accession Number 2011-48-1
Geography Made in Korea, Asia
Context Dynasty: Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)