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
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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