Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910

Hammer Building, Level 2
June 29, 2014–September 28, 2014

Treasures of Korea presents more than 150 works from the time of the world's longest-ruling Confucian dynasty, lasting more than 500 years. On display are many Korean national treasures that have never before been shown in the United States. This comprehensive survey is organized around five key themes that together illuminate a period that continues to influence modern manners, norms and social attitudes: the role of the king and his royal court and their taste for simplicity, expressed in porcelain objects; the strict hierarchies that defined class and gender; the production of metal and ceramic ritual implements used in ancestral worship; various religions practiced during this time, and the late influence of western civilizations.

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The exhibition is organized by the National Museum of Korea, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the Korea Foundation. Transportation assistance is provided by Korean Air.

  

Top Image: Ten Longevity Symbols, Late Joseon, Courtesy of National Palace Museum of Korea. Bottom Image: Congratulating the Birth of Crown Prince, 1784, Courtesy of the National Museum of Korea

Jar with Design of Bamboo and Plum Trees
Korea, 16th–17th century

Fluttering Hairpin
Korea, Late 19th century
Ritual Cup and Saucer
Korea, 19th century
Seated Ksitigarbha
Korea, 1515