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Puppy Playing with a Pheasant Feather

16th or 17th century
Artist/maker unknown, Korean or Japanese Formerly attributed to Yi Am (Korean, 1499–1566)
The 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.

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