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Tigers and Leopard Frolicking 호표도 (虎豹圖)

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Title Tigers and Leopard Frolicking 호표도 (虎豹圖)
Creator Unidentified Korean artist
Format Hanging scroll
Type Painting and Drawings
Medium Ink on paper

Korean artists during the Joseon period (1392-1910) often described leopards as baby tigers, explaining why in this painting tigers and leopards are shown together as a family.

This monochrome composition depicts a tiger and her young playing at stalking one another in a stand of pine. Tigers, considered messengers of mountain spirits in Korean shamanism, were a common subject of folk painting in the later Joseon dynasty. Leopards were mistakenly thought to be baby tigers, which explains why the cat peering around the tree trunk at its mother is spotted. The title, signature, and seals at the upper left of the painting may have been added at a later date. The signature, "by the mountain recluse of Honam," may refer to a painter from former Jeolla province.

Rights Cleveland Museum of Art
Accession Number 1998.292
Period 1700s - Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)
Culture Korean
Geographic Origin Korea

Painting only: 91.4 x 163.8 cm (36 x 64 1/2 in.);
Overall: 208.3 x 193.4 cm (82 x 76 1/8 in.)

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