Antique Korean painting, very tall and narrow, of a pair of phoenix birds, one occupying the upper portion of the painting and the other one on the bottom. The lower phoenix emerges from water as shown by a blossoming lotus. The rest of the space surrounding both birds is filled with robust peony blossoms of different color. Painted in rich mineral colors on paper. Later put into a custom lacquered wood frame.
The magical phoenix is called Bonghwang in Korea. The double phoenix symbolizes virtue, prosperity, beauty, and morality. Also used as a symbol for the empress.
Age: Mid 18th Century
Dimensions: 95" high x 17 1/4" wide