Korean Art and Antiques
Korean Temple Painting of Jijang (the Bodhisattva of Hell) with the Seven Stars Spirit (Chilseong), with original temple inscription. This painting came from the Myonbu-jon Hall of the Underworld of a large Buddhist temple. The center figure in this painting is Jijang Bosal (Sanskrit: Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva), who postponed his own ascension to Heaven to relieve and rescue souls from Hell. He holds in his left hand the cintamani wish-granting pearl that lights up the darkness of Hell. The seven figures to his left and the seven figures to his right represent Chilseong, the Seven Stars Spirit of the Big Dipper. Chilseong controls people's destinies. To Jijang's left in the front row is the monk Tao-ming (Korean: Tomyong) who was once a Tang prince, and to Jijang's right in the front row is the demon king Poisonless (Korean: Mudok Kwiwang). The painting is in good condition. The frame is is partially separated from the painting. This is easy to repair, but we have not done so, as you may want to replace the frame. The frames on Korean Buddhist temple paintings are almost never original, as they were not framed originally, so it is perfectly fine to replace the frame. Colors on silk. Frame: 53.75 x 46.25 inches, 136.5 x 117.5 cm; Painting: 45.75 x 37.75 inches, 116 x 96 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1217852 (stock #1062)
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Rare Antique Korean Embroidered Hwajodo Bird and Flower Screen. 61.5 x 33 inches, 156 x 84 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1105047 (stock #0840)
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Large Antique Korean Painting of a Dragon Flying Through the Clouds. A marvelous rendering of Korea's most beloved ancient deity, the dragon rain god who brings both rain and good fortune. His face is delightful and his body writhes with energy, as he chases through the sky after the red flaming jewel of transcendent wisdom, symbolizing the pursuit of wisdom. Because he brings rain, which gives life and growth to all living things, the dragon is a symbol of creation, growth, and fertility. Therefore, the dragon god was the most important deity in the old agrarian Korean society. This is truly Korean folk art at it's very best! Ink and colors on paper. Frame: 53 x 30.25 inches, 135 x 77 cm; Painting: 44 x 24 inches, 112 x 61.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1170785 (stock #0976)
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Large Geese and Reeds Painting (Noando) by Yang Ki Hun aka Seokyeon (1843-1897) from Pyeongyang. The literal meaning of 'noando' is reed and geese painting, but it is a play on words, as 'no' means both reed and old, and 'an' means both geese and comfort ('do' means painting). So 'noan' can mean 'reed and geese' or 'old comfort', and so a painting of geese and reeds symbolized a wish for a comfortable and peaceful old age. Yang Ki Hun was a member of the Royal Academy of Painting in the late 19th Century, toward the end of the Joseon Dynasty. He made a living by painting for the king and his court, and also by selling his paintings in Pyeongyang. He was the most well-known of the provincial painters who, because of the increase in the economic power of the provinces in the late 19th Century, and the accompanying demand for paintings, were able to make or supplement income by selling their paintings locally. Here are two great quotes from Yang Ki Hun's contemporary, the painter and calligrapher Chi Un Yeong (aka Paekryeon): "Yang Ki Hun's paintings stir up my jealousy because they seem completely freed from all ideas and restraints". And after Seokyeon (Yang Ki Hun) passed away, Chi Un Yeong wrote, "Seokyeon told me that when he stayed on Neungna Island for a few years some time ago, he often saw geese fly in and land on a reed field, so he was able to paint them in a realistic way. His words still linger vividly in my ears. I remember playing with him thirty years ago in the Taedong River, and it seems so far away and dream-like." Ink on silk. Silk Mounting: 78.5 x 24.5 inches, 200 x 62 cm; Painting: 49.5 x 20 inches, 126 x 51 cm. The gorgeous silk mounting in a beautiful and very 'Korean' green color, is original to the painting, and is in excellent condition. The motif on the mounting is that most 'Korean' of motifs, the cloud-shaped mythical bullocho longevity plant.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1119695 (stock #0876)
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Korean Antique Painting of Gwanum, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, for use in shaman rituals. The details of the beautifully flowing robe are wonderfully rendered. Shaman paintings of Gwanum are rare and are important proof of the sycretism of Korean belief, combining shamanism with Buddhism. Colors on silk. 38 x 22 inches, 96.5 x 56 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1227778 (stock #1102)
Rare 19th Century Korean Scholar's Portable Brush and Ink Well (Mukho). See Horim Museum's website to see 3 similar mukhos. This one is very special, as it includes the original brush, and is exquisitely carved copper with silver inlay. Please look at the close-up photos here of the key fret pattern (based on ancient pictographs of thunder) on the handle, the bullocho mythical longevity plant on the back of the well, and especially the creative Dragon in Bullocho-Shaped Clouds on the lid. This is a very beautifully designed and inventive implement that would have been very important and highly regarded by the traveling scholar. The handle ingeniously acts as a tube for the brush. As seen in the last photo here (#6), it pairs very nicely with the rare Joseon Period Inkstone with lid on our site (Stock # 1101) and makes a very nice addition to any collection of Asian scholar's items. These never come with the original brush, as old brushes were always discarded, so the brush here is new and is photographed here just to illustrate the way the mukho functions. Length: 7.25 inches, 18.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1028153 (stock #0601)
A magnificent Korean landscape like this needs a contemplative and appreciative soul to take it all in, and you'll find him here in the humble hut atop the bottom cliff. The standard 17th century manual of painting stated, "Figures should be painted in such a way that people, looking at the picture, wish that they could change places with them." The man in this painting has left the village in the higher part of the mountains to enjoy solitude in the hut with an awe-inspiring view. A good Korean mountain painting is more than a beautiful landscape; it is also a profound philosophical and spiritual statement. Heaven, Earth, and Humanity are represented. Mountain paintings are the most important paintings for traditional Korean artists. Most Korean homes and places of business have one proudly displayed in a place of prominence. Ink on paper. Frame size: 34.75 x 18.75 inches, 88 x 47.5 cm; Painting size: 24 x 13 inches, 61 x 33 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1189908 (stock #1036)
Rare Antique Korean Doll Couple with exact details in the costumes of that era (late 19th Century). These were used in rituals. This is an exceptional example, with very personal features, such as the woman's swollen cheek bones and pursed lips, and the man's introspective eyes, that go well with their bent postures from many years of living a full life. It is rare to find dolls from this era that are so artistically and beautifully rendered with so much heart-warming emotion. It is equally rare to find a man with an original walking stick. 8.5 inches, 21.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1085870 (stock #0794)
Very Large 19th Century Traditional Bird and Flower Painting, with pheasants, swallows, ferns, bamboo, orchids, and yellow roses. Hwajodo (bird and flower paintings) were almost always unsigned. Though this painting is anonymous, the artist was obviously highly skilled. The birds are paired to symbolize love. The orchids symbolize purity in this context, and the bamboo symbolize resilience. It was believed that the owner of this painting would experience pure and resilient love. A stunning and very large example of this popular genre. Ink and colors on paper. Frame: 52 x 34 inches, 132 x 86.5 cm; Painting: 42.5 x 24.5 inches, 108 x 62 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1093995 (stock #0825)
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Chaekkori, paintings depicting books and scholar's items, are abundant with symbols of diligence, motivation, good fortune and virtue. Chaekkori are uniquely Korean, despite the fact that many of the items depicted in a Chaekkori are Chinese. The Joseon Dynasty Korean scholar had much respect for Chinese art and learning, but expressed that admiration in a uniquely Korean manner through Chaekkori. We see items here that indicate refined comfort, but more important than the sense of gentility that is conveyed, is the ideal of self-improvement to which everyone could aspire: rich or poor, young or old. Though the items depicted were not readily available to the poor, the Chaekkori could inspire them nonetheless. Adults enjoyed them, but they would also be placed in children's rooms to teach them the value and beauty of culture and learning. French artists as early as the 1880's saw ideas in this genre that they imported into their own art. Frame: 29 x 16.75 inches, 73.5 x 42.5 cm; Painting: 23.75 x 11.5 inches, 60.5 x 29 cm. Mineral pigments on old hand-woven silk.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1226868 (stock #1087)
Large Korean Antique Wood and Metal Lady's Dagger. One side has a deer (symbol of longevity), lotus blossom (symbol of purity), and pine tree needles (symbol of integrity and longevity). The other side has a crane (symbol of longevity) and bamboo (symbol of resilience). The deer and the crane both have brass eyes, a very nice touch. This dagger has an attached cup in the shape of the Heavenly Peach of Immortality, with a lotus blossom (symbol of purity) atop the peach. The delightfully rendered and abundant symbolism served to inspire and reassure the woman who bore this dagger. It was worn by a woman of rank as a chest pendant and a symbol of her social standing. This dagger also served as a tool to save women from personal humiliation or peril, not by attacking an assailant but by killing themselves, under the Confucian moral obligation of medieval Korea 'to remain faithful to one spouse'. 11 inches.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1085869 (stock #0793)
Very Rare Pair of 19th Century Bird and Flower Fan Paintings (Hwajodo). The top painting has bamboo, swallows, and pheasants. The bottom painting has bamboo, plum blossoms, and bush warblers. These are antique fan paintings that have been beautifully mounted and framed. The plum blossoms symbolize courage and the bamboo symbolize resilience. The birds are all paired to symbolize love. So the complete meaning is that love survives through courage and resilience. An old, beautiful and inspiring pair of paintings. Ink and colors on paper. Each Frame: 34 x 19.5 inches, 86.5 x 49.5 cm; Each Painting: 26.5 x 12 inches, 67.5 x 30.5 cm.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1198725 (stock #1049)
Large and Powerful Korean Waterfall Painting by Kim Kyung Soo aka Zi Jae. What look like blemishes are actually reflections in the glass. You can especially see these around the borders. The painting is in very good condition. Frame: 60.5 x 33.5 inches, cm; Painting: 51 x 25.5 inches, cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1198724 (stock #1048)
Autumn Waterfall by So Seok (you can see the waterfall on the right side of the painting), painted with mixed feelings of hope and despair, just after the attempted independence movement on March 1, 1919, as cited on the artist's inscription on the painting. Frame: 60.75 x 18.5 inches, 154.25 x 47 cm; Painting: 47.5 x 13 inches, 120.5 x 33 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1051417 (stock #0670)
You see the written characters su (longevity) and bok (happiness) paired together everywhere, on paintings, furniture, ceramics, textiles, etc., but this is likely the most delightful and creative allegory for the pair that you'll see. One painting depicts the god of longevity Namgungoin (literally, "south-country-old-man", another name for Suseongnoin, the Southern Star Spirit) riding a crane, another symbol of longevity. The South Pole Star Spirit's large head represents his great wisdom. The other painting is of beautiful butterflies, symbols of happiness, or good fortune. A wonderfully creative allegorical painting of su (longevity) and bok (happiness). Another level of meaning can be found in the painting of the Southern Star Spirit. Because the Southern Star (or the Southern Cross) cannot be seen from Korea but can be seen from China, only those who had traveled to China or who could read Chinese books knew about it. So to paint or own a Southern Star Spirit painting meant that you were educated or well-traveled, or both. Mineral pigments on paper. Each frame: 21 x 21 inches, 53 x 53 cm; Each painting: 12 inches, 30.5 cm diameter.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Paintings : Pre 1980 item #1198639 (stock #1047)
Painting of a Family Fishing in a River Surrounded by a Stunning Korean Autumn Landscape in Mountains by Koo Kyung Hwe aka Suk Yun. On the right side of the painting, you can see a man with a woman holding a child seated at the river bank. Ink and colors on paper. Frame: 60.75 x 18.5 inches, 154.25 x 47 cm; Painting: 52.5 x 13 inches, 133.25x 33 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1060870 (stock #0699)
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This hat was displayed in an exhibition of antique Korean hats at the Korea Society, and was featured in the New York Times Style section. Fashion designers, such as Carolina Herrera, recognize the beauty and uniqueness of traditional Korean hats and have been using them as part of their ensembles. In the 19th Century, the Japanese called Korea 'The Land of Hats' because the Koreans had a hat for every occasion and every position in society. This is a rare Confucian Student's Hat (Yugon). Korean scholars didn't often keep the hats that they wore as students, so student hats like this survive in much smaller numbers than the hats that were worn by scholars. This delightful example is made from a fine ramie. It folds up into a small square to fit into the pocket. When it is worn, it takes the shape of the character for 'student' ('xue sheng' in Chinese, 'haksaeng' in Korean). This hat was also worn when taking the civil service examination. A charming piece of Korean academic history. This antique hat is being offered here at a price that is lower than what it would cost to have it made by an artisan in Korea today. 8.5h x 10.25w x 5d inches, 21.5h x 26w x 12.5d cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #999075 (stock #0505)
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This hat was displayed in an exhibition of antique Korean hats at the Korea Society, and was featured in the New York Times Style section. Fashion designers, such as Carolina Herrera, recognize the beauty and uniqueness of traditional Korean hats and have been using them as part of their ensembles. In the 19th Century, the Japanese called Korea 'The Land of Hats' because the Koreans had a hat for every occasion and every position in society. This is an Antique Korean Military Commander's Hat (Chonrip), a rare and beautiful find. There is a similar example in the Staatliche Museum in Berlin. You can see it in "The Korean Relics in Western Europe" (published by the Korea Foundation) on page 58. The chonrip is constructed by molding horsehair on a mold. It was worn by the army and navy commanders of each province, and by police chiefs, and by the directors of the military training institutes. This antique hat is being offered here at a price that is much lower than what it would cost to have it made by an artisan in Korea today. 12w x 4h inches, 30w x 10h cm.