Korea: Art and Archaeology

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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 suffering invasion and occupation from China, Manchuria, Mongolia and Japan, Korea nevertheless remained a unified country from the 7th to the 20th century. Buddhism, introduced to Korea from China during the Three Kingdoms period, was to become the dominant religion throughout the succeeding dynasties, reaching its height of wealth and influence in the Koryo (1392-1910), but both traditions continued to be represented, making the art and archaeology of Korea particularly rich and diverse.

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Jane Portal is an Assistant Keeper in the Department of Oriental Antiquities in the British Museum, where she is responsible for the Korean collections and Chinese decorative arts.

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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 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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