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  • Roof Tile and Roof End Tile
    These two molded tiles once served as decorative eave endings to a ceramic tile roof on a Korean building.
  • Buddha
    The delicate details of this tiny sculpture exemplify the refined taste of artisans working during the years of the Unified Silla dynasty (668–935), a high point in the production of Buddhist sculpture in Korea.
  • Wine Ewer in the Form of a Melon This little pot, which has been shaped in the form of a melon, may have been used during social gatherings to pour rice wine into the cups of Korean aristocrats.
  • Cosmetic Box This small, lidded box, designed for holding cosmetics, has been decorated using an inlay technique invented by Korean potters in the early 1100s.
  • Flask This flask, made from gray stoneware that has been brushed with a white, liquid clay called slip, was probably used for storing and drinking liquid.
  • Kaos This unique ceramic vessel features words on its surface from the Hunmin chongum, an edict issued in 1446 in which King Sejong presented the newly created Korean alphabet.
  • Boy Attendant Carved from a single piece of wood, this figure of a boy attendant was a common sight in Buddhist temples of the Chosŏn dynasty (1392–1910) in Korea.
  • Third King of the Underworld This painting features at its center the awe-inspiring figure of Songje, the third of the ten Buddhist Kings of the Underworld, who sits in judgment of the deceased.
  • Dragon Jar Dragons were one of the most favored decorative motifs in Korean ceramics, and large dragon jars like this one were considered prized possessions.
  • Dragon Jar (Cobalt) This dragon jar is painted with cobalt, a luxury pigment imported from the Middle East that creates a beautiful blue color when fired.
  • Treasure Chest This small wooden treasure chest, adorned with delicate, symbolic decorations, was used in the women's quarters of an upper-class household.
  • Ch'aekkori Screen This Ch'aekkori folding screen depicts the sorts of objects, books, and tools with which a highly educated man of the Confucian literati would surround himself.
  • He Who Tries to Travel Two Roads This large painting is composed of eight smaller paintings, each created on a sheet of long, white paper and then mounted vertically as a hanging scroll.
  • Six Poems on Flowers This six-panel screen created contains precise and beautiful calligraphy, the art of which was part of a traditional Korean scholar's training.
 

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