The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 21, 2024

Wild Geese and Reeds

Wild Geese and Reeds

1392–1910
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.

Description

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)
    1915–
    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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Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1915.631