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같은 해에 태어난 관리들의 친목 모임 조선
同庚契會圖 朝鮮
Gathering of government officials

Artist:
Unidentified Artist
Period:
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
Date:
ca. 1551
Culture:
Korea
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 51 x 26 3/4 in. (129.5 x 67.9 cm) Overall with mounting: 82 1/2 x 33 1/4 in. (209.6 x 84.5 cm) Overall with knobs: 82 1/2 x 36 in. (209.6 x 91.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Acquisitions Fund, and The Vincent Astor Foundation and Hahn Kwang Ho Gifts, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.55
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 233
The lyrical inscription at the top of this scroll identifies the painted event as a reunion of sixty-year-old men who entered the government around the same time. Written by Jeong Sa-ryong (1491–1570), an eminent poet, calligrapher, and civil official, the text offers a vivid description of the camaraderie among his colleagues as they gathered to drink and recite poetry.

The work belongs to a Joseon painting genre known as gyehoedo: a visual record of notable social gatherings, usually of men in government. As is typical of the type, the landscape takes center stage. However, the winding stream, the waves with curling fingers, and the prominent and meticulous depiction of the participants are unusual. Every element is skillfully rendered in an elegant style that fuses multiple pictorial traditions. The painter, though unidentified, was likely a member of the court Bureau of Painting.
Private collection, Japan (from at least the late 19th century) ; Christie's, New York (September 18, 2007, lot 436; sold to MMA)
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