Re­turn­ing trea­sures

JoongAng Daily - - Culture | Korean Heritage -

— The Na­tional Mu­seum of Korea is show­ing its lat­est ac­qui­si­tions un­til Nov. 30, in­clud­ing a box dec­o­rated in mother-of-pearl from the lat­ter part of the Go­ryeo Dy­nasty (918-1392), left, which is meant to store Bud­dhist su­tra, a type of re­li­gious texts. Only eight of th­ese boxes are known to ex­ist, none of which were stored in Korea un­til now. This piece had been kept in Ja­pan but was do­nated to the mu­seum this year. The wooden lion, right, is a 19th-cen­tury drum stand used in Bud­dhist rit­u­als. The relic fea­tures lo­tus flower pat­terns and paint pig­ments can be seen spo­rad­i­cally on it, which means its whole body might have been painted. The drum is miss­ing, how­ever. The two items are among 12 be­ing show­cased at the mu­seum. Oth­ers in­clude an eighth-cen­tury Bud­dha statue; 15th- to 16th-cen­tury Bun­cheong ware, a type of early Joseon ce­ramic; and a 19th-cen­tury Ja­panese paint­ing of Ja­pan’s sec­ond in­va­sion of Korea (1597-98).

Pro­vided by the mu­seum

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