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Choson Dynasty, 1392-1910
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
"The rulers of the Yi, or Choson, dynasty (1392-1910) adopted Confucianism as their governing ideology and withdrew official support for Buddhism." A brief one-paragraph overview, with four objects representative of the period.

Go to Museum Resource: http://archive.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/history/korea-choson-dynasty.cfm
Goryeo Celadon
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Discusses the development of celadon ceramic production during the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392). With 11 related objects. The term celadon is thought to derive from the name of the hero in a seventeenth-century French pastoral comedy. The color of the character Céladon’s robe evoked, in the minds of Europeans, the distinctive green-glazed ceramics from China, where celadon originated. Some scholars object to such an arbitrary and romanticized Western nomenclature. Yet the ambiguity of the term celadon effectively captures the myriad hues of greens and blues of this ceramic type. During the nearly five centuries of the Goryeo dynasty (918–1392), celadon constituted the main type of ceramics produced on the Korean peninsula.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/cela/hd_cela.htm
Goryeo Dynasty: Korea’s Age of Enlightenment [PDF]
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Few people are aware that the name Korea is derived from the name of the Goryeo (previously tranliterated as Koryo) dynasty. It was during this period (918–1392) that Korea became known to the world outside East Asia. This packet provides an overview of aspects of Goryeo society and Goryeo Buddhism as depicted in the arts of the period.

Go to Museum Resource: https://education.asianart.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/12/GoryeoDynasty...
Illuminated Manuscripts: The Sacred Art of Narration
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Students will: 1.) Identify the format and elements of a sutra. 2.) Examine why sutras (the teachings of the Buddha) are important historical and religious documents. 3.) Analyze why the writing of sutras is considered an important religious act. 4.) Construct and illustrate an accordion book manuscript based on the sutra format used during the Goryeo dynasty. Downloads include Visual Guides, a Lesson Plan, and Teachers Packet.

Go to Museum Resource: https://education.asianart.org/resources/illuminated-manuscripts-the-sacred-art...
In Pursuit of White: Porcelain in the Chosôn Dynasty, 1392–1910
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Discusses the ascendance of paekcha, or white ware, during the Chosôn period, including its adoption as imperial ware in the 15th century. With 10 related objects.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/chpo/hd_chpo.htm
Joseon Buncheong Ware: Between Celadon and Porcelain
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A discussion of buncheong ware, "the striking ceramic type produced during the first 200 years of the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)." With six related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/pnch/hd_pnch.htm
Korean Celadons of the Goryeo Dynasty
Smart History
Celadons are ceramics with a distinctive green-blue glaze. The color, coupled with intricate inlaid ornamentation, are part of what has made Goryeo celadons desirable and recognizable objects for centuries. Korean potters adapted and refined celadon technology from China to create distinctively Korean ceramics revered by elites in Korea, China, and Japan alike.

Go to Museum Resource: https://smarthistory.org/korean-celadons-goryeo/
Koryo Dynasty, 918-1392
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
"The last Silla king abdicated the throne in the early 10th century and married the daughter of the upstart General Wang Kon, who founded the Koryo dynasty (918-1392)." A brief one-paragraph overview, with two objects representative of the period.

Go to Museum Resource: http://archive.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/history/korea-koryo-dynasty.cfm
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