Korea: Art and Archaeology

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A fully illustrated chronological account of the arts and archaeology of Korea fromthe Neolithic period to the twentieth century. The geographical location of the Korean peninsula, which lies at the eastern edge of Asia between China, Russia, and Japan, has been crucial to its history and culture. Divided into several states or kingdoms from early times and suffering invasion and occupation from China, Manchuria, Mongolia, and Japan, Korea nevertheless remained a unified country from the seventh century to the ...
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A fully illustrated chronological account of the arts and archaeology of Korea fromthe Neolithic period to the twentieth century. The geographical location of the Korean peninsula, which lies at the eastern edge of Asia between China, Russia, and Japan, has been crucial to its history and culture. Divided into several states or kingdoms from early times and suffering invasion and occupation from China, Manchuria, Mongolia, and Japan, Korea nevertheless remained a unified country from the seventh century to the twentieth. This book traces the development of its culture through art and archaeology, beginning in the Neolithic period (c. 6000 B.C.). Buddhism, introduced to Korea from China during the first millennium A.D., was to become the dominant religion throughout the succeeding centuries, reaching its height of wealth and influence in the Koryo dynasty (918-1392) as the aristocratic lifestyle at court became increasingly lavish. Confucianism replaced Buddhism during the Choson dynasty (1392-1910), but both traditions continued to be represented. The illustrations include some of the highest achievements of Korean craftsmen, from precious metalwork, sculpture, and lacquer to celadons, painting, and printing.
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Preceding the opening at the British Museum of a permanent gallery for Korean art, this book is written to inform and raise enthusiasm in nonspecialists. Portal (Oriental antiquities, British Museum) pieces together an overview of the artistic heritage of the Korean peninsula. It is the first authoritative general introduction to the art of this distinctive culture in English and fills a void by covering an area of research long neglected by the art community in the West. Richly illustrated with examples of metalwork, sculpture, lacquer, celadons, paintings, and prints, this book traces the development of arts chronologically in the context of the country's politics, religion, commerce, and relationships with neighboring countries, especially China and Japan. Although a more in-depth look into various intriguing aspects of these riches is still needed, this book, including chronologies, a glossary, and appendixes, paves the way for inspiring scholarship in the field. A fine choice for both public and academic libraries.--Lucia S. Chen, NYPL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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  • ISBN-13: 9780500282021
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.51 (w) x 9.77 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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