<em>Agricultural Activities of the Twelve Months</em>, Late 18th – early 19th century. Ten-panel folding screen: ink on cloth, Each panel: 63 3/4 × 14 15/16 in. (162 × 38 cm). Lent by the Carroll Family Collection, L2022.2.3 (Photo: Image courtesy of Joseph Carroll, L2022.2.3.jpg)

Agricultural Activities of the Twelve Months

Medium: Ten-panel folding screen: ink on cloth

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:Late 18th – early 19th century

Dimensions: Each panel: 63 3/4 × 14 15/16 in. (162 × 38 cm)


Accession Number: L2022.2.3

Image: L2022.2.3.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Folding screen consisting of ten discontinuous landscape compositions, each featuring mountainous terrain with stretches of water and diminutive figures populating buildings, fields, and boats. Several of the panels show farmers working in fields, suggesting that the subject might belong to the "farming and weaving" genre of landscape, in which the seasonal work of farmers is celebrated. King Sejong (r. 1418-1450) had encouraged an appreciation for farming in Korea by commissioning a treatise on the subject and by enlisting artists to illustrate particularly Korean farming processes, which were then inserted into landscape paintings to distinguish them from Chinese landscapes. The panels are not inscribed.

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