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책가도 (冊架図)

late 1800s

Yi Taek-gyun

(Korean, 1808-after 1883)

Ten-panel folding screen; ink and color on silk

Overall: 197.5 x 395 cm (77 3/4 x 155 1/2 in.); Painting only: 139.3 x 330.8 cm (54 13/16 x 130 1/4 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2011.37

Description

Functioning the same way as a signature in Western art, a seal impression on a chaekgeori screen is sometimes included to reveal the painter’s identity. It is called a “hidden” seal due to its discreet placement. Only about 12 works with such a “hidden” seal are known today. This screen has one on the third panel (from the right). Examined recently, the characters in the seal impression revealed that Yi Taek-gyun, a prominent court artist, is the creator of the museum’s painted screen.

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