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Puppy Playing with a Pheasant Feather

Artist/maker: Artist/maker unknown, Korean or Japanese. Formerly attributed to Yi Am, Korean, 1499 - 1566.

Possibly made in Korea, Asia
Possibly made in Japan, Asia

16th or 17th century

Ink and color on silk; mounted as a hanging scroll

Image: 12 1/4 × 17 1/4 inches (31.1 × 43.8 cm) Mount: 44 1/2 × 22 1/4 inches (113 × 56.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Purchased with Museum funds and with funds contributed by Maxine de Schauensee, 1959

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The genre of animal painting was first recognized as an independent subject in Korea in the eleventh century. During the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), the genre gained further importance as one of the three subjects included in the official proficiency examination for court painters. Yi Am, a descendant of the Joseon royal family, enjoyed great success as a painter not only in Korea, but also in Japan, where his images were appreciated and studied. He specialized in animal painting, and had a particular interest in dogs, as seen in this work.