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A pair of Yi Dynasty Tiger and Dragon. Circa 1900.
The tiger has been strongly associated with Korean culture as a guardian that drives away evil spirit and a sacred creature that brings good luck. Koreans believed that magpies delivered good news and invited good people. The most famous painting related to a magpie is the one with striped tiger (ggach'i wha horangi minhwa): the magpie is happily chirping to a tiger.
The magpie represented good news and the tiger symbolized good luck, since its pronunciation in Chinese sounds similar to good luck (bok). The painting is named Jakhodo - "jak" for magpie and "ho" for tiger.
The painting also includes a symbolic ox (hidden face in tree) which is a respected animal in Korean folklore.
Dragons are legendary in Korean mythology as is the case in China. In Korea, they are primarily benevolent beings related to water and agriculture often considered bringers of rain and clouds. This dragon is depicted is chasing the mythical Cintamani which only a four-toe dragon is wise and powerful enough to hold.
A fine pair of paintings framed in gold with non-reflective glass. Size Frame 76 x 61 cm, Picture 51 x 43 cm