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Two Hares in Moonlight

Cho Tai Eok, Korean, 1675 - 1728

Made in Korea, Asia

18th century

Ink and color on paper; mounted as a hanging scroll

53 × 18 inches (134.6 × 45.7 cm) Mount: 6 feet 10 1/4 inches × 24 1/4 inches (208.9 × 61.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. W. James Anderson, Mrs. Samuel Bell, Jr., Mrs. Richard Drayton, and Charles T. Ludington, Jr., in memory of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Townsend Ludington, 1970

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Rabbits have appeared in East Asian art since ancient times, often in association with the legend that tells of a rabbit and a cassia tree living in the moon. The inscription on the upper right corner of this painting refers to this East Asian legend. The popularity of the rabbit has prevailed in traditional Korean culture, particularly as a subject in the visual arts and literature. Cho Tai Eok, a high official of the Joseon dynasty court, excelled in animal painting and calligraphy.