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4. Flowers and Birds Screen

19th century, Joseon Dynasty, Korea

Eight-panel Continuous Flowers and Birds Screen

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Flowers and Birds
Eight-panel folding screen, ink and color on paper
Full Mounted: 55.5 x 134 in (141 x 340.4 cm)
Each Panel: 55.5 x 16.75 in (141 x 42.5 cm)
Each Painting: 34.25 x 12 in (87 x 30.5 cm)

One of the most popular Korean folk-painting themes, Flowers and Birds (Hwajo) screens usually depict pairs of birds, deers, rabbits, butterflies, or bees on each panel. The pairing of the animals symbolizes a happy marriage, and this type of screen was often used to decorate the room of newly-wed couples. It was believed that the screen would enhance fertility.

Selected Collections:
The Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The National Museum of Korea, Seoul

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