. Family of Tigers. 17th century. ink and color on paper. Anonymous gift. 1995.250.
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image height: 23 in, 58.4200 cm; image width: 14.625 in, 37.1475 cm; frame height: 33.625 in, 85.4075 cm; frame width: 19.25 in, 48.8950 cm
Family of Tigers
1600s, Joseon dynasty
Ink and color on paper
Now extinct, the Korean tiger was admired for its strength and independent spirit, and in folk paintings was often associated with the mountain deity, San Shin. In earlier centuries, paintings of tigers were displayed in Korean homes to celebrate the New Year. These images were intended to ward off evil spirits and served as guardians for the family household during the year ahead.
At least 1970- ca. 1976, Emille Museum Collection in Seoul, Korea (entire collection owned by Dr. Zo Zayong [b.1926, d.2000]). At least 1985-1995, anonymous collector; 1995, DAM collection, anonymous gift.
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