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  • Joseon Buddhist Art (Korea), Part II

    Joseon Buddhist Art (Korea), Part II

    Buddhist art in Korea, already highly developed in the Three Kingdoms and Unified Shilla periods, is thought by many to have reached its apogee during the Goryeo period. One of the most frequently reproduced Korean Buddhist images, for instance, is the early 14th century Water-moon Avalokiteshvara.(image: Water Moon Avalokiteshvara)Buddhist paintings, statuary and devotional objects have long been sought-after collector's items and now command stratospheric prices whenever they appear on the market. The most precious pieces, however, are found in museums, both in Korea and overseas. These facts help to explain why Joseon Buddhist art has not drawn much interest from collectors until recently.Long perceived as inferior to the art produced under Goryeo and earlier eras, Joseon Buddhist art is now coming into its own. Still little known outside of Korea, quality pieces are becoming harder to find within Korea and prices are rising steadily. Lotus & Persimmon is pleased to present a number of pieces dating from the late Joseon period. Exact dates and provenance are difficult to determine -- the artists in this genre were traditionally anonymous, and the upheavals of the 20th century led to the destruction of many temples and the loss or dispersal of their contents -- but our temple paintings almost certainly date from before the end of the dynasty in 1910, and some pieces may date from the mid-nineteenth century or even earlier. Read More

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