Lot 181
An Important Korean Portrait of a Monk
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), 18th or 19th century, mineral pigments, ink and gold on silk, large scale painting, inscription to left corner includes a poem and a cartouche identifying the monk in gold ink 道巖堂大師之真, seated holding a staff, his red robe with heaven 天 character in gold on green patches, seated next to a table with books, one open and blank, behind him is a folding screen painted in ink with mountain landscape, laid onto a silk brocade mount, framed under glass.

Frame dimensions 63 1/4 x 39 1/2 in., Image size 45 3/4 x 30 3/4 in.

For similar paintings see National Museum of Korea, Portrait of Priest Mugyeongdang and Portrait of Buddhist Monk Jaewoldang, as well as Portrait of a Monk at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Portrait of the Great Monk Pyeongweondang in the collection of LACMA.

Hand sewn together in two places vertically from top to bottom of painting; six horizontal creases with loss to silk from previous folding on left hand side; scattered losses to silk and pigments; cracks and creases to silk throughout.

$8,000 - 12,000