May 18, 2012
May 18, 2012
May 18, 2012
May 18, 2012

Gibbons in a Landscape

Gibbons in a Landscape

원숭이유희도 (群猿遊戱圖)

early 1900s

Six-fold screen; ink and color on hemp

Painting only: 104.8 x 393.7 cm (41 1/4 x 155 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1996.256


Did you know?

Gibbons were often presented to the Joseon royal court as diplomatic gifts from the Japanese government.


In this six-panel folding screen, gibbons of different colors are shown playfully interacting with each other. While gibbons generally symbolize good fortunes, these specific gibbons paired with autumn foliage refers to professional success, such as passing the government examination and getting promoted to a higher government position. A similar example of playful gibbons once decorated the wall of the royal bed chamber in the Gyeongbok palace.

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