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Golden Cock and Hen

Unidentified Artist

Period:
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
Korea
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 45 x 18 in. (114.3 x 45.7cm) Overall with mounting: 79 × 25 in. (200.7 × 63.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
19.103.2
  • Description

    Paintings of auspicious symbols were popular in the late Joseon period among all classes of society. This scroll represents a combination of two established themes in Korean painting: birds and flowers and the ten symbols of longevity—sun, mountain, water, rock, cloud, pine tree, tortoise, crane, deer, and mushroom of immortality. This work depicts a golden cock perched on a paulownia tree under the sun and clouds, and a golden hen looking up from her place on a rock with sprouting red mushrooms of immortality. Splashing waves create drama. This pair of fowls seems to allude to the golden pheasant (which despite the name has a reddish body with a yellow crest), which is associated with good fortune.

    Objects displayed nearby—like the rank badges and the red lacquer box—also show auspicious creatures such as tigers, dragons, cranes, and deer. Such subject matter appeared on a range of media in the Joseon period, attesting to the importance and prevalence of these symbols in Korean culture.

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