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Sarira reliquaries from east and west stone pagodas of Gameunsa Temple
Sarira reliquaries from east and west stone pagodas of Gameunsa Temple

These two exceptional sarira reliquary sets each include a crystal sarira bottle, a gilt-bronze outer container, and an inner container shaped like a small palace

Stone bodhisattva from the site of Hansongsa Temple
Stone bodhisattva from the site of Hansongsa Temple

This seated bodhisattva statue was once displayed in Hansongsa Temple, located in a significant area for the legendary Silla military unit known as the Hwarang.

Dagger and gold scabbard from Gyerim-ro Tomb 14, Gyeongju
Dagger and gold scabbard from Gyerim-ro Tomb 14, Gyeongju

Embellished with garnet, glass, and intricate filigree design, this scabbard is believed to have been produced in Iran or Central Asia

Album of Poems on “Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers”
Album of Poems on “Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers”

Album of Poems on “Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers” exemplifies the unity of the three arts—painting, poetry, and calligraphy—in the early Joseon Dynasty.

<em>Portrait of Choe Ikhyeon</em>
Portrait of Choe Ikhyeon

Why does this portrait depict Joseon official Choe Ikhyeon wearing a thick winter robe and a fur hat?

Sajeongjeon Edition of <em>The Annotated</em> Zizhi Tongjian
Sajeongjeon Edition of The Annotated Zizhi Tongjian

The Annotated Zizhi Tongjian came to be known as the definitive “textbook for government,” guiding Joseon kings on how to rule properly

East and west stone pagodas from the site of Galhangsa Temple
East and west stone pagodas from the site of Galhangsa Temple

With long, even proportions and meticulously placed stones, the pagodas from Galhangsa Temple exemplify the stylistic trends of the Unified Silla period

Celadon Melon-shaped Bottle
Celadon Melon-shaped Bottle

This vase exemplifies the Goryeo royal court’s exceptional taste for fine celadon.

An Junggeun, Calligraphy work of his final message
An Junggeun, Calligraphy work of his final message

An wrote this calligraphy work in March 1910, shortly before his death—and added his distinctive handprint.

Stone casket and funerary urn of the Unified Silla period
Stone casket and funerary urn of the Unified Silla period

Stored inside a granite casket, this urn is elaborately decorated with a stamped pattern of flowers and covered with an even coating of green glaze

Celadon dragon-shaped ewer and celadon turtle-shaped ewer
Celadon dragon-shaped ewer and celadon turtle-shaped ewer

Coated in luminous jade-colored glaze, these sanghyeong celadon vessels combine the beauty of artworks for appreciation with the function of household implements

Gold crown and gold belt from the north mound of Hwangnamdaechong Tomb
Gold crown and gold belt from the north mound of Hwangnamdaechong Tomb

Hwangnamdaechong Tomb contained an impressive array of personal ornaments, rare imported items, and grave goods, including a queen's embellished gold crown and belt