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Two Hares in Moonlight

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Title Two Hares in Moonlight
Date 18th century
Artist Cho Tai Eok, Korean, 1675 - 1728
Description Rabbits have appeared in East Asian art since ancient times, often in association with the legend that tells of a rabbit and a cassia tree living in the moon. The inscription on the upper right corner of this painting refers to this East Asian legend. The popularity of the rabbit has prevailed in traditional Korean culture, particularly as a subject in the visual arts and literature. Cho Tai Eok, a high official of the Joseon dynasty court, excelled in animal painting and calligraphy.
Format mounted as a hanging scroll
Medium Ink and color on paper

53 × 18 inches (134.6 × 45.7 cm)

Mount: 6 feet 10 1/4 inches × 24 1/4 inches (208.9 × 61.6 cm)

Classification Paintings
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. W. James Anderson, Mrs. Samuel Bell, Jr., Mrs. Richard Drayton, and Charles T. Ludington, Jr., in memory of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Townsend Ludington, 1970
Source Philadelphia Museum of Art
Accession Number 1970-259-1a
Geography Made in Korea, Asia
Context Dynasty: Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)