East Asian Art
TigersMade in Korea, Asia
Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), Late 19th to early 20th century
Artist/maker unknown, Korean
Ink and color on paper
Currently not on view
2006-30-2Gift of Dr. Andrew Byoung Soo Kim and Mrs. Wan Kyun Rha Kim in honor of James and Agnes Kim, 2006
LabelThe tiger--a favorite animal of Koreans since ancient times--has enjoyed wide popularity in Korean art and literature. The belief that tigers hold the incantatory power of repelling evil spirits promoted the mass production of folk-style tiger paintings, which would be displayed in the Joseon household on New Year's Day. This painting depicts two tigers executed in a typical spontaneous Korean style. The exaggerated eyes are the most distinctive feature of Korean tiger paintings.