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  • Artist: Kim Myong-kuk, Korean, active first half of the 17th century
  • Medium: Ink on paper
  • Place Made: Korea
  • Dates: early 17th century
  • Dynasty: Joseon Dynasty
  • Dimensions: overall: 51 3/4 x 14 3/8 in. (131.5 x 36.5 cm) image: 20 1/2 x 10 5/8 in. (52.0 x 27.0 cm)  (show scale)
  • Markings: Artist's seal
  • Signature: Artist's style name, Ch'ui Ong
  • Collections:Asian Art
  • Museum Location: This item is not on view
  • Accession Number: 59.26.1
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Robert van Roejen, by exchange
  • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
  • Caption: Kim Myong-kuk (Korean, active first half of the 17th century). Po-dae, early 17th century. Ink on paper, overall: 51 3/4 x 14 3/8 in. (131.5 x 36.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Robert van Roejen, by exchange, 59.26.1
  • Image: overall, 59.26.1_transp3955.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
  • Catalogue Description: Painting of a local Korean god of good fortune (in Japan, Hotei). Depicted with brush stroke and washes of ink on paper. Signed: "the ancient drunkard" with the seal of Kim Myoung-Kuk, a court painter of the early 17th century. Accompanied by a hanging scroll of mounted calligraphy, probably originally associated with the picture (at present writing impossible to establish). Condition: some flaws and imperfections-no major repainting.
  • Record Completeness: Good (78%)
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Recent Comments
09:43 03/9/2011
You can call me Po-dae
if you’re Korean…
hic! – you got every right to mispronounce it if you aren’t;
and the Japanese might call me – hic! –
Hotei…hic! hic!
And of course those ancient Indians
in their radiant romantic way might call me Laxmi
(but then they’re too reverent, those Indians
and you can’t joke about any these days)
but me – hic! hic! – hey call me Po-dae
and yes, the more erudite of you might know
or the Indians out here would have guessed by association –
yep- I’m the good god of fortune, ancient drunkard!
(That guy who wrote “The Richest Man in Babylon”
he asks you to court the Goddess of Fortune –
Silly bugger! He doesn’t know Goddesses don’t drink, did he?
Ah, well modern Sex Goddesses might drink and all that) -
but hey, I’m Po-dae - HIC ! HIC! – fill up that cup and invite me in
and I’ll give five or six tips to fatten your wallets
better than the ones that American God
George S. Clason throws at you
(Pay Yourself First, and all that miserly pedestrian living)
But fill my cup, dear – and I’ll show you how to fill your wallet –
Oh yum – where do you get this stuff…?
These modern drinks really drive me crazy, baby!
Hey, hey, hey –
I’m Po-dae
and for watering me, baby
I’ll reveal the dao of fortune:
I come drunk
and I never move straight
and I walk side and side
Oh baby, I’m Po-dae
your miserly elusive fortune!
Sorry about that, guys –
once in a while I too make wind!
Hic! Hic! Hic!

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