Collection

Great Yu Controlling the Waters

  • Culture / Period

    Joseon Dynasty

  • Materials

    Silk Fabric - Silk

  • Artist

    Unidentified Artist

  • Dimensions

    26.4x25.8cm

  • Accession Number

    Deoksu 1756

List

This painting presumably depicts the achievement of Great Yu (大禹), who controlled the Yellow River during the reign of Emperor Shun (舜). Standing under a yellow flag, Great Yu is commanding people who are pulling ropes to shift rocks that block the waters. On the upper section of the painting is a dragon flying over dark clouds escaping from a fire that people had started in a forest. It is noteworthy that ancient people who attempted to surmount nature are depicted as mysterious monsters.

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