Do you know the meaning of Peony and Animals in Korea?
If you take the time to look at Korean art throughout history, you might notice the recurring image of a peony and animals used across different pieces. Today, peonies are still commonly seen in Korean and Korean-inspired art
Peony "happiness "
In Korea, peonies are known as the “king” among flowers because of their large blooms and bright colors. This has made peonies a common symbol of royalty. Peonies are also known as flowers of wealth as they also represent prosperity and nobility. These flowers were a frequent motif for artists in the Goryeo dynasty and the early and mid-Joseon Dynasty and were often being painted alongside birds and other plants.
Peacock means "wealth"
For hundreds of years, the Peacock has been honored for its beauty and symbolism. The Peacock’s life of majesty, virility, strength, and charisma is reflected in various mythological stories and tales; they have inspired numerous symbols of divinity and royalty, honor, and immortality.
What do peacocks symbolize? The peacocks are symbolic of re-growth and rejuvenation, royalty, respect, honor, and integrity. They are also a symbol of beauty, love, and passion. In Hinduism and Buddhism, these birds are considered to be sacred and worshipped alongside their deities.
Red-Crested White Cranes means "longevity"
Crane is already a well-known bird, but only white cranes were considered holy and spiritual back in the days. "Feathers are snow white, but it could not be tainted with even mud. Males and females meet in 160 years, and as soon as they look into each other's eyes, they create a baby. They just drank for 1600 years but did not eat. It is a king of birds, and a wizard-like unworldly man rides on it" - this is how an old document named Sanghak Kyonggi described cranes.
Butterfly meand "free love, happiness"
Butterflies are symbols of pleasure, a life of prosperity, and joy. In traditional Korean art, butterflies are often seen with flowers. When shown together, they have a slightly different meaning. Together, they represent a state of contentment and prosperity. They also symbolize harmony among a husband and wife and the entire family. The peony and butterflies are often the focal point for many designs ranging from lockets, hair pins, and even funeral biers.