East Asian Art
Puppy Playing with a Pheasant FeatherMade in Korea, Asia
Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), 16th century
Attributed to Yi Am, Korean, 1499 - 1566
Ink and color on silk; mounted as a hanging scroll
Currently not on view
1959-105-1Purchased with Museum funds and with funds contributed by Maxine de Schauensee, 1959
LabelThe genre of animal painting was first recognized as an independent subject in Korea in the eleventh century. During the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), the genre gained further importance as one of the three subjects included in the official proficiency examination for court painters. Yi Am, a descendant of the Joseon royal family, enjoyed great success as a painter not only in Korea, but also in Japan, where his images were appreciated and studied. He specialized in animal painting, and had a particular interest in dogs, as seen in this work.