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Peonies

Artist/maker unknown, Korean

Geography:
Made in Korea, Asia

Date:
1948

Medium:
Colors on paper; mounted as ten panel screen

Dimensions:
Each Image: 37 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches (95.3 x 36.8 cm) Each Panel: 53 3/8 x 17 1/4 inches (135.6 x 43.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 238, Asian Art, second floor (Baldeck Gallery)

Accession Number:
2009-238-2

Credit Line:
Purchased with the James and Agnes Kim Fund, 2009

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Peonies, a symbol of wealth and honor, are a favorite motif in Korean art. Many screens featuring these flowers were produced at the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910) court, as they were a crucial element in rituals and ceremonies, including weddings and ancestor worship. When such works became available to commoners, they also incorporated them into wedding rituals, after which the screens would decorate the new wife’s bedroom. With its bold designs and striking graphic stylization, this twentieth-century example typifies the peony screens made during the Joseon period, and was possibly produced by the last generation of the Joseon court painters.


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