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Framed Pictures, Canvas Prints
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Korea Gallery

Available as Framed Prints, Photos, Wall Art and Gift Items

Choose from 142 pictures in our Korea collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. Popular choices include Framed Prints, Canvas Prints, Posters and Jigsaw Puzzles. All professionally made for quick delivery.


Avatamsaka Sutra No. 78, 1200s-1300s. Creator: Unknown Featured Print

Avatamsaka Sutra No. 78, 1200s-1300s. Creator: Unknown

Avatamsaka Sutra No. 78, 1200s-1300s. This illuminated manuscript presents one part of a multivolume sacred Buddhist text. In medieval Korea, Buddhism was the most popular religion among common people and the upper classes alike. This elegant folding book was produced at the request of a high-ranking official as a way of proving religious faith. It is written in gold (the frontispiece and borders) and silver (the calligraphy) ink on specially coloured paper. The golden brushwork of the frontispiece depicts a temple courtyard filled with buildings, a garden, and a fence in front of which stands a group of stately figures. The tallest figure, Buddha of the Future (Maitreya), addresses the young kneeling pilgrim who asks questions about the path towards spiritual awakening. This story is written in the columns of bold, silver text following the illustration. Each column contains 17 characters, each carefully brushed onto the paper so as to visually relate to the characters above and below. This is the work by rigorously trained Buddhist monks in whose temples some of the world's greatest libraries existed in the 1200s and 1300s. So prized were their talents that these scribes traveled to China to demonstrate their skills. The Japanese avidly collected the texts too, so much so that most Korean sutras reside in that country today. This example is one of only five or six to be found in Western collections

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Orchids and Rocks, 1897-98. Creator: Yi Ha-eung (Korean, 1820-1898) Featured Print

Orchids and Rocks, 1897-98. Creator: Yi Ha-eung (Korean, 1820-1898)

Orchids and Rocks, 1897-98. Yi Ha-eung was one of the most influential men in late 19th-century Korea. Acting as the regent for his son, King Gojong (1852-1919), who ascended the throne at age 13, Yi ruled Korea from 1866 to 1873 and remained the center of politics for the next two decades. In addition to his illustrious political career, Yi was also one of the most celebrated artists who led the revival of literati art in Korean art of the late 1800s. In particular, Yi was recognized as the master of orchids, one of the "Four Gentlemen" themes (plum, orchid, chrysanthemum, and bamboo). Orchids, which often grow wild, widely spreading their strong fragrance, were often associated with the perseverance of principled gentlemen. Solely using monochrome ink, Yi depicted the curvilinear silhouettes of cymbidium orchid leaves dramatically hanging from cliffs. On the upper right corner of the far left panel, Yi wrote a short inscription stating that he painted the work at the age of 80. This work demonstrates Yi's mature brushwork, which harmonizes vigor and grace

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Poem on Plum, 1500s. Creator: Yi Hwang (Korean, 1501-1570) Featured Print

Poem on Plum, 1500s. Creator: Yi Hwang (Korean, 1501-1570)

Poem on Plum, 1500s. For Yi Hwang, a celebrated scholar and poet in 16th-century Korea, writing poems was an escape from partisan politics. Because its flowers often bloom in the middle of winter, Joseon period Korean scholars like Yi found plum blossoms a perfect subject to express the value of endurance and self-cultivation. In his numerous poems, Yi used plum blossom imagery to express his feelings. The poem on this hanging scroll reads: "Wishing to fly away, red leaves left the mountain villa. Their large sleeves are frosted due to blue clouds. The clouds in the sky look upright, which are beyond human beings ability. The plum tree whispered to me that [the leaves] fell from the wind and landed on the fence." The mountain villa in this poem may refer to the Dosan Academy, a Confucian school that Yi established after his retirement, and the red leaves of the plum blossom are probably Yi's poetic personification

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