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Taegeukseon (fan with yin yang symbol), 19th century (detail)

Currently not on view.

The collection originated in 1883 with the pioneering efforts of Edward Sylvester Morse, with help from scholar and diplomat Yu Kil-Chun, to forge cultural connections between Korea and the United States. Works from the late the 18th and 19th centuries include costumes, ornate keepsake boxes, ceramics and a spirit house. Most of the objects were designed using natural materials and with symbols that express core cultural values. Works focus on art of the Joseon dynasty, the bridge between the traditional kingdom of Korea and modernity. 

 

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Gat (man’s outdoor hat), ca. 1880

Gat (man’s outdoor hat), ca. 1880

Artist not identified
Korea
Horsehair, bamboo
H: 13.00 cm, dia.: 38.00 cm

Gift of Yu Kil-Chun

Accession Number: E1573
Gwijumeoni (ear shaped purse), ca. 1880

Gwijumeoni (ear shaped purse), ca. 1880

Artist not identified
Korea
Silk
H: 9.5 in, W: 6 in

Gift of Yu Kil-Chun

Accession Number: E1577
Hwayaktong (gun powder flask), 19th century

Hwayaktong (gun powder flask), 19th century

Artist not identified
Korea
Lacquered wood, metal, bone
L: 24.60 cm, W: 14.30 cm, H: 6.10 cm

Museum purchase

Accession Number: E20144
Jinsin (rain shoes), 19th century

Jinsin (rain shoes), 19th century

Artist not identified
Korea
Wood, iron
L: 26.00 cm

Museum purchase

Accession Number: E20147
Fan, 19th century

Fan, 19th century

Artist not identified
Korea
Silk, metal
L: 36.90 cm, dia.: 23.80 cm

Museum purchase

Accession Number: E20165
Jar with Phoenix Decoration, 19th century

Jar with Phoenix Decoration, 19th century

Artist not identified
Korea
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue
H: 33.50 cm, W: 24.00 cm

Museum purchase

Accession Number: E300218
Sewing Tray, late 18th century

Sewing Tray, late 18th century

Artist not identified
Korea
Paper, lacquer, mother-of-pearl
33.00 cm, H: 8.50 x 14.00 cm, L: 39.80 cm, W: 39.50 cm

Museum purchase

Accession Number: E300229
Sansindo (The Mountain Spirit), late 18th century

Sansindo (The Mountain Spirit), late 18th century

Artist not identified
Korea
Ink and colors on silk
W: 23 in, H: 25 in
Accession Number: E300674
Daeryunseon (big wheel-shaped fan), 19th century

Daeryunseon (big wheel-shaped fan), 19th century

Artist not identified
Seol
Paper, bamboo, metal, bone, ox horn, paint, wood

Museum purchase

Accession Number: E9731A.B
Hwayaktong (gun powder flask), 19th century

Hwayaktong (gun powder flask), 19th century

Artist not identified
Seol
Painted ox horn, wood, bone, metal, silk

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: E20164
Chorip (rush hat), 19th century

Chorip (rush hat), 19th century

Artist not identified
Korea
Rush, wood, peacock feather, five-color silk thread

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: E20121
Silpae (spool), 19th century

Silpae (spool), 19th century

Artist not identified
Korea
Wood, lacquer, mother-of-pearl

Gift of Gustavus Goward

Accession Number: E1650
Banjit Gori (sewing box), 19th century

Banjit Gori (sewing box), 19th century

Artist not identified
Korea
Paper, metal

Gift of Charles Goddard Weld

Accession Number: E9792
Hwarot (bridal robe), 18th century

Hwarot (bridal robe), 18th century

Artist not identified
Seol
Silk, paper, cotton, wool, metallic thread

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: E10190
Quiver and Bow Case, 19th century

Quiver and Bow Case, 19th century

Artist not identified
Korea
Bamboo, feather, wool, metal

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: E20140
Gammoyeojaedo (Spirit House), 18th century

Gammoyeojaedo (Spirit House), 18th century

Artist not identified
Korea
Ink and colors on paper

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: E301985
Jiseung Jegi (paper twine offering vessels), 19th century

Jiseung Jegi (paper twine offering vessels), 19th century

Artist not identified
Korea
Paper, Lacquer

Museum Purchse

Accession Number: E20156
Wonban (round table), 19th century

Wonban (round table), 19th century

Artist not identified
Korea
Wood, lacquer, mother-of-pearl

Museum purchase

Accession Number: E1459
Yeonchoham (tobacco box), 19th century

Yeonchoham (tobacco box), 19th century

Artist not identified
Korean
Iron, silver

Gift of Charles Goddard Weld

Accession Number: E9707
Taegeukseon (fan with yin yang symbol), 19th century

Taegeukseon (fan with yin yang symbol), 19th century

Artist not identified
Korea
Paper, wood, lacquer

Gift of Edward Sylvester Morse

Munseo Ham (document box), 17th century

Munseo Ham (document box), 17th century

Artist not identified
Korea
Wood, lacquer, mother-of-pearl

Museum purchase

Accession Number: E300228
Jebok (robe for royal ancestral rites), 19th century

Jebok (robe for royal ancestral rites), 19th century

Artist not identified
Korea
Silk

Museum purchase

Accession Number: E15354
Beol Tong (beehive), 19th century

Beol Tong (beehive), 19th century

Artist not identified
Korea
Wood, pigments

Museum purchase

Accession Number: E20114
Lantern

Lantern

Artist not identified
Korea
Wood, paper, bamboo
Accession Number: E1463
Shaman's Fan, ca. 1890

Shaman's Fan, ca. 1890

Artist not identified
Korea
paper, bamboo, pigments, metal

Gift of Mrs. R.J. Godfrey 1899

Accession Number: E9733
Bojagi (wrapping cloth), 20t century

Bojagi (wrapping cloth), 20t century

Artist not identified
Korea
Ramie

Museum purchase with funds from the Toplitz Hilborn Memorial Fund

Accession Number: E301728
Mouth Organ

Mouth Organ

Artist not identified
Korea
Wood, bamboo
Accession Number: E9796
Screen of Jeju Island, late 19th century

Screen of Jeju Island, late 19th century

Artist not identified
Korea
Ink, color paper

Museum purchase and a gift of Lea Sneider,2001

Accession Number: E301719
Nectar Ritual (kamnot’aeng), 1744

Nectar Ritual (kamnot’aeng), 1744

Artist not identified
Korea
ink and pigments on silk
9.5 x 9 ft. (2.9 x 2.7 m)

Museum purchase 2004

Accession Number: E302324
Village guardian posts (changsung), late 19th century

Village guardian posts (changsung), late 19th century

wood, pigments
approx. 13 ft. x 13 in. diam. (3.96m x 33 cm diam.), approx 12.4 ft x 12.4 in. diam. (3.8 m x 31.5 cm)

Gift of Yamanaka and Co. in memory of Edward S. Morse 1930

Accession Number: E20809, E20810