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Ch'aekkori Screen
Scholars' Paraphernalia (Ch'aekkòri)

Artist/maker unknown, Korean

Made in Korea, Asia

Mid- 19th century

Ink and color on silk; mounted as a ten-fold screen

Each (Panel): 47 × 12 inches (119.4 × 30.5 cm) Mount (Each): 68 × 17 inches (172.7 × 43.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Purchased with funds contributed by the Korean Heritage Group, the Hollis Family Foundation Fund, and the Henry B. Keep Fund, 2002

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Korean literati of the Joseon dynasty greatly admired exotic goods imported from China and sought to surround themselves with the accoutrements of the Confucian scholar-official. They collected Chinese ceramics, scrolls, brush pots and inkstones, many of which are depicted in the screen type known as ch'aekkòri (scholar's books and utensils). These screens became extremely popular in Korea in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, often substituting for the expensive Chinese objects, and the painting styles range from very sophisticated to folk.