Books and Scholar's Objects (Chaekkori) (Primary Title)
十曲冊架圖屏風 朝鮮時代 絹本設色 (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

Ten-panel folding screen; ink and color on silk
Image: 47 3/4 × 13 1/2 in. (121.29 × 34.29 cm)
Other (each panel): 47 3/4 × 13 11/16 in. (121.29 × 34.77 cm)
Other (mounting, each panel): 73 1/4 × 17 1/4 in. (186.06 × 43.82 cm)
Other (mounting, full screeen): 73 1/4 × 174 3/4 in. (186.06 × 443.87 cm)
Not on view
This screen illustrates objects in a scholar’s studio: bronzes associated with ritual ceremonies and ancestor worship; multivolume books, which allude to Confucius’s teachings; lotus motifs, which symbolize Buddhism; and the peony, which represents wealth and honor. In the court style, the artist composed isolated objects and applied mineral and vegetable pigments for shading and a three-dimensional effect. This type of screen, which would have been placed behind a low writing desk in a scholar’s studio, represents the tastes of the educated elites who valued classical teaching and appreciated antiques. This painting style first appeared in Korea in the late 18th century and became popular in the 19th through the early 20th centuries.
Joseon dynasty (1392-1910)
Kathleen Boone Samuels Memorial Fund

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