Friday, July 24, 2009

Back at the National Art Museum

On Sunday JH and I went to the National Art Museum in the Yongsan area. Sometimes you need to go see the art.

On the way I saw this sign on the bus. For those who can read know what it says. :)

Followed a path towards the museum's restaurant entrance.

Chicken Ceasar Salad for myself.

With a side order of squash soup.

Fried rice for JH.

Ha! It's been one year and I am back at the museum~

We started out going through the exhibits which begin in the Prehistoric time. This was fun as JH and I had a mini debate over Korean and Japanese arts and how the two resemble each other during this age.

Gold earrings.
Silla, 6th century, gold

Neolithic pottery

Mirror with accompanying mold.
Incense Burner
Baekje, 6th-7th century, gilt bronze, H. 61.8cm; National Treasure No. 287; Anonymous temple site at Neungsan-ri, Buyeo, Chungcheongnam-do Province source

Roof or Wall tiles~

Crown and Belt
Silla, 5th century, gold and jade, H. 27.3cm (crown): National Treasure No. 191; North Mound of Hwangnamdaechong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province Crown source


Ten-story Pagoda of Gyeongcheonsa Temple
Goryeo, 1348, H. 13.5m; National Treasure No. 86; Gaeseong, Gyeonggi-do Province source

Pensive Bodhisattva or Pensive Prince
You can tell a Bodhisattva from a Buddha because Bodhisattva's usually have a crown, jewelery or other embellishments on them...signs they have yet to be enlightened. Source = Korean Art History Course in College
Three Kingdoms period, gilt bronze, H. 82.9cm, W. 37.6kg; National Treasure No. 78

Traveling scripture~


Ornamental knife worn with hanbok



Ceramic Goryeo dynasty
Ceramic Goryeo dynasty

Ceramic Goryeo dynasty


Similar to Kamandalu, Kundika is to collect pure water. It is a water pot, pitcher[5], a pouring vessel with a spout on the side but without a handle.

It has a long neck, above which rises a slender tube-like mouth that functions as the spout. Another spout is attached to the shoulder, with a small removable lid. Water filled through the covered spout on the shoulder can be poured out through the tubular finial. Kundikas, made of bronze, celadon and unglazed stoneware are held around its neck while pouring. Unlike the kindi, it is filled through the wide spout at the side while the pouring is done through the neck.

In Hindu iconography, the kundika appears as a godly attribute of Brahma and Siva. Lord Siva is Kamantaludharan. In Buddhism, kundika is one of the eighteen holy vessels held by a Buddhist monk. It is the attribute of Avalokiteswara. source

Porcelain with an underglaze iron painted design of plum and bamboo; Joseon, 16th century, H. 41.3cm; National Treasure No. 166 source
Apparantly because of Japanese invasions during this period the use of expensive and hard to obtain cobalt blue underglaze was replaced with the cheaper iron underglaze.
And wait what is this? Why it is a 3-D puzzle of Dokdo!!! haha

And model of a Turtle Ship.
Hope you enjoyed that voyage through the museum. It was great to get summersed in Korea's art historical past.


  1. I think museums like this one would be more interesting if I knew more about art -- I love art museums but when there are very few plaques and descriptions to read, it really diminishes the overall experience.

    Nice pictures. :)

  2. what a wonderful place this museum,i like all about Italian Ceramics....

  3. Erin and for anyone else with the same feeling I highly recommend getting an audio guide the next time you go. They are very easy to use and helpful. Sometimes they are free or cost a little bit more to your admission.

    But I understand your conundrum. There were plaques in English at the museum explaining the artworks and their period. But for a thorough examination try the audio guide. ^^

  4. Beautiful trip thru the museum. Thank you.
    So what did the bus sign say?
    Big Mac?
    Tainted beef?

    says that there is no such word as summersed!
    We say "immersed" in English!

  5. Word to your moms about the audio guides. If they have them in English they are always worth it.

    But I had to laugh at if you "can read know what it says."

    I have had several Korean students who would sound that out in a trice, but have no idea what English word it was phoneticizing (a word I just made up, and consequently own!).

  6. huh?
    Momz doesn't know Korean at all!


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