Unmounted hanging scroll; ink on paper
70.8 x 223.6 cm (27 7/8 x 88 1/16 in.)
Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1915.631
Paintings that depict a peaceful image of migratory white-fronted geese descending to a river bank where tall reeds gently bend in the evening breeze were widely favored as birthday gifts, especially to elders: a homophone of the title Geese and Reeds means Aging Peacefully.
In this hanging scroll, wild geese are portrayed engaging in different activities: descending to a marsh, gathering in flocks, and grazing on plants. In Korean paintings, images of geese and reeds serve as the symbol of peaceful senior life; a homophone of geese and reeds means aging peacefully.
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