Deer amid pine trees, Unidentified Artist Korean, Two hanging scrolls; ink and color on silk, Korea

소나무 아래 사슴 조선
松下雙鹿圖 朝鮮
Deer amid pine trees

Unidentified Artist Korean
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
19th century
Two hanging scrolls; ink and color on silk
Image (each scroll): 50 3/4 × 19 1/8 in. (128.9 × 48.6 cm)
Overall with mounting: 83 1/4 × 25 in. (211.5 × 63.5 cm)
Overall with knobs: 83 1/4 × 27 1/4 in. (211.5 × 69.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2013
Accession Number:
2013.29a, b
Not on view
Depicting idyllic landscapes, the two scrolls displayed here celebrate auspicious imagery, especially deer and pine trees. Originally they were probably part of a set featuring the ten symbols of longevity. The blue and green landscape setting also carries a favorable meaning: it evokes an archaic style associated with a golden age in China to which later artistic traditions throughout East Asia often alluded.

The pictorial theme of the ten symbols of longevity was especially fashionable in Korea during the Joseon dynasty, and most extant works date to the nineteenth century. Painted or embroidered folding screens on the subject were initially produced for the royal court to display at palace events. The appealing motifs also filtered into folk paintings.
Christie's, New York , Japanese and Korean Art, September 11, 2012, lot 170 to Kang]; Kang Collection, Inc. , New York, until 2013; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Flora and Fauna in Korean Art," June 15, 2013–June 1, 2014.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Expressions of Nature in Korean Art," April 2, 2016–September 18, 2017.