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Tiger Family 호랑이 가족도 (虎家圖)

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Title Tiger Family 호랑이 가족도 (虎家圖)
Creator Unidentified Korean artist
Format Hanging scroll
Type Painting and Drawings
Medium Ink and color on paper

A great number of tigers used to have live in the Korean peninsula. An old Chinese proverb says: “Korean people hunt tigers half of the year, and tigers hunt people other half of the year.”

In deep mountains where old pine trees grow, a tigress, her two cubs, and a leopard welcome the rising sun. This is not merely a playful scene of felines, but rather a well calculated image with auspicious symbols of longevity (pine trees), prosperity (tigress with her cubs), and good fortune (leopard). Traditionally on New Year’s Eve, the image of a fearsome-looking tiger along with that of a dragon was pasted on entrance doors to ward off evil spirits. However, paired with cubs and magpies, tigers came to be portrayed in a more playful and humorous manner fitting for festive occasions. The crimson rising sun suggests that this scroll may have been created to celebrate the new year.

Rights Cleveland Museum of Art
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Period late 1800s - Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)
Culture Korean
Geographic Origin Korea

Image: 170 x 90.4 cm (66 15/16 x 35 9/16 in.);

Overall: 262.5 x 115.1 cm (103 3/8 x 45 5/16 in.)

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