Animals have long throughout history been known for being associated as important symbols in societies all around the world. From the worshipping of cats as gods in ancient Egypt, to cattle in India, the tiger is regarded by many throughout Korea to be a sacred creature who guards and protects its people. Images of the tiger can be found all around Asia and was even the official mascot of the 1988 summer Olympics in Seoul. Its symbolic origins can be traced trough folklore and tales in Korean history and as such plays a pivotal role in Korean culture and art today. The artwork Featured in this gallery has been taken from many points in Korean history. This includes the Joseon Dynasty period which saw the advent of tigers in Korean art and where the folklore of tigers really took hold, as well as tigers featured in the many centuries of art afterwards to our present day. This will give a sense of the changes in the way that tigers have been depicted throughout history. This set of gallery pieces showcases the aesthetic of Korean art and design. The Korean culture and its evolution can be seen through the changing art styles that Korean art has gone through from the very traditional natural paintings of the Joseon Dynasty period to the modern styles that reflect Korean culture today. The Tiger will always be commemorated as a sacred symbol in Korea, whether its though stories or art, and so reflects the natural world and its importance in Korea. Linda. "Korean Language Blog." The Importance of Being a Tiger- Tiger Motifs in Korean Art. N.p., 23 Dec. 2011. Web. 28 Apr. 2016. "Seated Arhat." Kimbell Art Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2016. "Recent Acquisitions." Tiger by Hwang Jong-ha. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2016.