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Mountain spirit and tiger 산신과 호랑이

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Mountain spirit and tiger
산신과 호랑이
Date 1800-1900
Format Hanging scroll
Type Painting

A tiger is curled up against an old man with a fan. This pair typically represents the god who governs mountains in Korea. In folk myths during the pre-modern era of Korea, the tiger was venerated as a rider, messenger, or some other image of the mountain god, and was believed to safeguard surrounding villages. The man, with his protruded forehead and long fingernails, follows the visual tradition of Daoist immortals, while the tiger follows traditional images of folk art, in which tigers are portrayed freely and humorously. Paintings like this one would be hung at an independent shrine dedicated to the mountain spirit or a small sanctuary in a Buddhist monastery.

Credit Line Acquisition made possible by Dr. and Mrs. David Buchanan, with the assistance of The Honorable Joseph P. Carroll and Roberta Carroll, M.D.
Right Asian Art Museum of Sanfrancisco
Accession Number 2000.8
Period Joseon dynasty (1392-1910)
Culture Korean
Place Associated Korea
Medium Ink and colors on paper
H. 49 1/4 in x W. 29 1/4 in, H. 125.1 cm x W. 74.3 cm (image);
H. 88 7/8 in x W. 35 1/4 in, H. 225.7 cm x W. 89.5.2 cm (overall)