Glass half dome paperweight with image by Korean artist Sang-Byeok from his series of screen paintings of animals in a natural environment. Here we see a black and tabby cat looking upwards with flowers nearby. The cat is looking towards something fascinating with lifelike eyes, curled tail and fine whiskers..
- Glass paperweight comes in an elegant presentation box with sateen lining suitable as a corporate or graduation gift.
- Part of the Parastone Museum Gift Collection. PN PBYE1.
- Measures: 3 in W x 3 in L x 1.5 in H. Weight 0.9 lbs.
Byeon Sang-byeok was a painter fro the late Korean Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). He worked as a portrait painter at the court of King Yeongjo and later as Hyeongam, the magistrate of a small province. Alongside portraits, Byeon also painted beautiful, realistic animal scenes primarily of cats and chickens. The delicate brushwork of the Guksu (master artist) was already legendary during his lifetime and the people nicknamed him Byeon Goyang (Bye on Cat) and Bye on Dak (Byeon rooster). In Korean culture cats offer protection from evil spirits.