I’ve changed the icon for Asianhistory here on tumblr! This is Gwangmokcheonwang (Guardian of the West) by Jae-U now known as Seol-Min at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. The painting was done from 2002-2003. I thought this Buddhist guardian made quite the impressive figure. What do you think?
Woman’s Coronot (Hwagwan)
Medium: Paper, silk, gem stones, plastic
Dates: 19th century
Dynasty: Joseon dynasty
Dimensions: 2 15/16 x 3 9/16 in. (7.5 x 9 cm) Tteoljam: 3 15/16 in. (10 cm)
I have a very small amount of pictures that turned out nicely from the Asian Art rooms at the Philadelphia Art Museum (you’re allowed to take pictures, but not use flash so darker rooms become fuzzy looking on camera), but I have to encourage anyone who follows Asian History and who will have the chance or opportunity - to go there sometime. My grandmother generously took me with her to visit some family, and we went to Phila Art.
This is a photograph of the Elegance of the Inner Quarter: Art and Craft for Korean Women room. Perhaps one of my favorite things about the museum is that they’ve organized many of the rooms to match in style, theme, or period to each region. There’s Japanese building structures, wonderful Islamic architecture (especially if you look up), Chinese architecture, a room for Nepal, South Asian rooms, etc. It’s absolutely a full art and history experience, and very amazing!
I highly recommend checking out Eastasianhistory.net's online exhibition: "Modern Times: Mass culture in image and sound in Korea during the Japanese occupation 1910–1945"
A Chinese soldier on a battlefield with a burial detail, searching for bodies, after the Korean War cease-fire, objecting to being photographed, 1953.
See more photos here.