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Boy Attendant (Dongja)
Boy Attendant (Dongja), 18th - 19th century
Korean
Wood with painted decoration
16 1/4 x 8 x 8 inches (41.3 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm)
Purchased with the John T. Morris Fund, 1965
1965-5-1
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Looking Questions

  • Who could this be?
  • Is the figure male or female? Young or old? Why?
  • What is the figure doing?
  • What is on the tray?
  • Describe the figure's mood.

Art Activity: Soap Carving

The sculpture of the Boy Attendant was carefully carved from wood. Carving is called a subtractive process because you start with a large, blank form and subtract or carve what you do not want. Try carving a bar of soap free of perfumes and lotions. Sketch a simple object, like a face or an animal, on paper the same size as your soap bar. Remember to sketch both the front and back of your object. Use a pencil to transfer the design into the soap. Use carving materials (toothpicks, paperclips, Popsicle sticks, and plastic knives and forks) to slowly shave tiny bits of soap. Go slowly. Cutting away too much or too quickly will result in a broken bar of soap!

Research Idea: How Buddhism Traveled to Korea

Buddhism started in India. This Boy Attendant was created to stand in a Buddhist temple in Korea. Using a world map, the Internet, and books, have your students investigate the history of Buddhism's travel from India to Korea.

Group Activity: Compare and Contrast

These two images are of a small boy and an old king. How do the artists convey to us the characteristics of the boy versus those of the king? Make two lists of adjective or adjectival phrases on the blackboard, one describing the Boy Attendant and one describing the Third King of the Underworld. How are these two figures alike? How are they different? Be sure students describe their clothing, what each is holding, their poses and postures, facial expressions, hair, bodies, etc. How can we tell that one is a servant and one is a ruler? As a follow-up activity, students can select one of the two lists and draw a new character that embodies the qualities mentioned.
Boy Attendant (Dongja)
Boy Attendant (Dongja), 18th - 19th century
Korean
Wood with painted decoration
16 1/4 x 8 x 8 inches (41.3 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm)
Purchased with the John T. Morris Fund, 1965
1965-5-1
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Third King of the Underworld (Songjae)
Third King of the Underworld (Songjae) , 18th century
Korean
Ink and color on silk
60 x 43 1/4 inches (152.4 x 109.9 cm) Mount: 75 9/16 x 50 1/4 inches (191.9 x 127.6 cm)
Gift of Mrs. W. James Anderson, Mrs. Samuel Bell, Jr., Mrs. Richard Drayton, and Charles T. Ludington, Jr., in memory of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Townsend Ludington, 1970
1970-259-3
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