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This vase exemplifies the Goryeo royal court’s exceptional taste for fine celadon.
An wrote this calligraphy work in March 1910, shortly before his death—and added his distinctive handprint.
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
Coated in luminous jade-colored glaze, these sanghyeong celadon vessels combine the beauty of artworks for appreciation with the function of household implements
Hwangnamdaechong Tomb contained an impressive array of personal ornaments, rare imported items, and grave goods, including a queen's embellished gold crown and belt
Yi Chae stares straight out from the canvas, depicted in attire of a Neo-Confucian literati
With his proper attire and solemn posture, Kang Sehwang is the model of a dignified Joseon official.
Even after being buried for around 1500 years, the gold earrings still elicit gasps of amazement for their lustrous sheen and splendid decoration.
Cheonggu Gwanhaebang Chongdo, or “Map for National Defense of Korea,” records the locations of military bases throughout the Joseon Dynasty
The Buddhist sculptures excavated at the temple site of Gunsu-ri are crucial for studying the early stages of Korean Buddhist sculpture.
The practice of collecting different information from a person depending on his social status carried over from the official registers of the late Goryeo period to those of the Joseon period
The sheer variety of Goryeo celadon incense burners demonstrates how widespread the culture of incense burning was during the period.