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Collection Online as of February 21, 2024

Wild Geese and Reeds

Wild Geese and Reeds

Location: not on view

Did You Know?

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.
  • ?–1915
    (Jean Lawson, New York, NY, sold to the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust as gift for the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2014.
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