Map of Korea', 1903. Creator: Unknown
Map of Korea', 1903. The Korean Empire proclaimed in October 1897 by Emperor Gojong of the Joseon dynasty stood until Japan's annexation of Korea in August 1910. From 'A History of Japan during the century of early foreign intercourse' (1542-1651) by James Murdoch, M.A. and Isoh Yamagata. [Kobe, Japan, 1903]
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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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Found in a Han tomb in the Chinese colony of Lelang in north Korea (Nangnang), these
Found in a Han tomb in the Chinese colony of Lelang in north Korea (Nangnang), these lacquered baskets bear representations of model sons. The majority of the names inscribed at the sides of the figures are from the Chinese work "Hiao-king" which deals with the subject of obedient children. Country of Origin: Korea (photographed 1962) Culture: Korean. Date/Period: 330BC-300AD. Place of Origin: Nangnang (Naknang). Material Size: Lacquered basketwork. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Central History Museum, P'Yongyang North Korea. Location: 01.
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