eight panel screen; lotus leaves with pink blossoms and foliage in pond; blue and black birds perched on or hovering around blossoms; each panel has unique image

Lotus Flowers and Birds, late 19th century

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Swallows and kingfishers fly among blooming lotus flowers in this folding screen, which would have likely been displayed during the summer months to decorate a room or a study. While commonly associated with purity in Buddhist thought, lotuses in Korea also symbolized gentlemanly virtues and noble character of the Confucian scholar, the ideal of the elite. As the lotus rises from the muddy water to bloom on the water’s surface, so too does a Confucian scholar’s virtue and honor remain untainted by the world around him.

Details
Title
Lotus Flowers and Birds
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.456
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 862
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eight panel screen; lotus leaves with pink blossoms and foliage in pond; blue and black birds perched on or hovering around blossoms; each panel has unique image