Arts and Culture of Joseon Korea (50 min)
Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910 presents more than 150 works from the time of the world's longest-ruling Confucian dynasty, lasting more than 500 years. On display are many Korean national treasures that have never before been shown in the United States. This comprehensive survey is organized around five key themes that together illuminate a period that continues to influence modern manners, norms and social attitudes: the role of the king and his royal court and their taste for simplicity, expressed in porcelain objects; the strict hierarchies that defined class and gender; the production of metal and ceramic ritual implements used in ancestral worship; various religions practiced during this time, and the late influence of western civilizations.
Image: Fluttering Hairpin, Korea, late 19th century, Sookmyung Women's University Museum, Seoul