Dragon / Tiger, with Mountain / Water, 8-panel folding-screen Painting
This is a supreme example of the Yongho-do [Dragon-Tiger Icon], most commonly expressed
in folding-screen paintings like this one -- but more commonly rendered in statues these days.
This 18th-Cen 8-panel masterpiece was a key treasure of the Emille Museum collection; it
may have once divided rooms in one of the royal palaces, or an aristocratic mansion.
This icon-motif represents / invokes the primal energies of Heaven (Yong = Dragon) and Earth (Ho = Tiger).
Dragons also represent the entire dynamic cycling of waters through the biosphere, essential to human life, while tigers
are the kings of all fauna and flora -- and white tigers are highly-sacred. Sometimes these two are shown fighting, in a
never-ending eum-yang [yin-yang] complementary struggle (dynamic cycling). This artwork includes a full set of craggy
mountain peaks (three primary, five secondary) with pine-trees, and a sea in front (with finger-like waves and coral-sprouts).
There's a waterfall, and some bullocho sprigs on rocks near the tiger. So this has 6 out of the 12 Shipjangsaeng symbols.