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Grapevine and Squirrels

Unidentified Artist
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
early 19th century
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Image: 54 x 22 3/4 in. (137.2 x 57.8 cm) Overall with mounting: 74 3/4 x 29 1/2 in. (189.9 x 74.9 cm) Overall with knobs: 74 3/4 x 31 3/4 in. (189.9 x 80.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Bequests of Harrison Cady and Louisa McNeary, by exchange, and Bequest of Dorothy Graham Bennett, 1987
Accession Number:
Not on view
The subject of grapevine rendered in ink was popular among literati painters throughout the Choson period. Artists who won fame as painters of grapevine include Sim Saimdang (1504–1551), Huang Chip–chung (b.1533), and Hong Suju (1642–1704). While earlier paintings of the subject are mostly in the form of album leaves, ink-grape paintings of the nineteenth century are usually larger in size, sometimes forming a folding screen of six or eight panels. Squirrels are occasionally depicted on the branches of the vine, as in this example.
Inscription: An inscription in four lines of running script at the upper left describes the scene in a five-character quatrain in Chinese. It is thought by one authority on Korean painting to have been written by a 19th century Japanese.

Marking: Seal: Lao-ch'in kuei Yin
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Maebyông," October 30, 2007–March 3, 2008.

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