East Asian Art
Calligraphy of Six Poems on FlowersMade in Korea, Asia
Calligraphy by Lee Mi-Kyung (pen name Flower Garden), Korean, born 1918
Ink on paper; mounted as a six-fold screen
Currently not on view
2003-30-1Gift of the artist, 2003
LabelThe verses on this screen were written by twentieth-century poets in the classical style (sijo). They read (translations by Professor Ji-moon Suh, Korea University):
You are aloof but tender, beauteous yet chaste.
Plum Blossom, Chong In-bo
Without any rouge or dye your loveliness stands out.
Camellia, Yang Dong-gi
Your purity and simplicity mirror the soul of our nation.
You are so pure as to be almost ethereal.
Pear Blossom, Chong In-bo
Orbs of loveliness blossoming in my yard,
Your buds swell during the moonlit night and burst open in the morning.
Hibiscus, Pak Pyong-sun