Reeds and Geese

Kim Jin-Woo, Korean, 1883 - 1950

Geography:
Made in Korea, Asia

Date:
c. 1925

Medium:
Ink and color on silk; mounted as a twelve-fold screen

Dimensions:
6 feet 4 inches x 12 feet 8 inches (193 x 386.1 cm) Each end panel: 6 feet 4 inches x 16 1/8 inches (193 x 41 cm) Each inner panel: 6 feet 4 inches x 12 inches (193 x 30.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2001-86-1

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Hollis Family Foundation Fund and the Henry B. Keep Fund, 2001

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Label:
Nine of the twelve panels of this screen contain a distinctive poetic reference to geese. According to the artist's inscription on the last panel, he gave the screen to an elderly friend as a gift. The Korean pronunciation of the characters for "reed" and "old man" are the same (no), as are the words for "geese" and "comfort" (ahn); thus, traditional Korean paintings of reeds and geese represent a wish for a peaceful life in later years.