Golden Cock and Hen

Title

Golden Cock and Hen

Subject

Cock and Hen with landscape

Date

19th century

Creator

Unidentified Korean artist

Format

Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

Type

Painting

Description

Paintings of auspicious symbols were popular in the late Joseon period among all classes of society. This scroll represents a combination of two established themes in Korean painting: birds and flowers and the ten symbols of longevity—sun, mountain, water, rock, cloud, pine tree, tortoise, crane, deer, and mushroom of immortality. This work depicts a golden cock perched on a paulownia tree under the sun and clouds, and a golden hen looking up from her place on a rock with sprouting red mushrooms of immortality. Splashing waves create drama. This pair of fowls seems to allude to the golden pheasant (which despite the name has a reddish body with a yellow crest), which is associated with good fortune.

Auspicious creatures such as tigers, dragons, cranes, and deer appeared on a range of media in the Joseon period, attesting to the importance and prevalence of these symbols in Korean culture.

Publisher

Metropolitan Museum of Arts

http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/40073

Contributor

Rogers Fund, 1919

Identifier

Accession Number:19.103.2
Hwajo-001

Period

Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)

Culture

Korean

Geographic Origin

Korea

Medium

ink and color on paper

Dimensions

Image: 45 × 18 in. (114.3 × 45.7 cm)
Overall with mounting: 79 × 22 in. (200.7 × 55.9 cm)
Overall with knobs: 79 × 24 3/4 in. (200.7 × 62.9 cm)

Files

cockandhen.jpg

Citation

Unidentified Korean artist, “Golden Cock and Hen,” The Museum of Korean Folk Art , accessed October 21, 2021, https://mokfa.omeka.net/items/show/10.