Pardon our dust while we update this corner of the website.

Reeds and Geese

Kim Jin-Woo, Korean, 1883 - 1950

Made in Korea, Asia

c. 1925

Ink and color on silk; mounted as a twelve-fold screen

6 feet 4 inches x 12 feet 8 inches (193 x 386.1 cm) Each end panel: 6 feet 4 inches x 16 1/8 inches (193 x 41 cm) Each inner panel: 6 feet 4 inches x 12 inches (193 x 30.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Hollis Family Foundation Fund and the Henry B. Keep Fund, 2001

Social Tags

birds [x]   geese [x]  

[Add Your Own Tags]

Nine of the twelve panels of this screen contain a distinctive poetic reference to geese. According to the artist's inscription on the last panel, he gave the screen to an elderly friend as a gift. The Korean pronunciation of the characters for "reed" and "old man" are the same (no), as are the words for "geese" and "comfort" (ahn); thus, traditional Korean paintings of reeds and geese represent a wish for a peaceful life in later years.