Treasures from Korea

Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture
of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910

Philadelphia Museum of Art

March 2 – May 26, 2014


The Philadelphia Museum of Art is pleased to announce the new year will bring a rare and exciting opportunity for American audiences to see some of Korea’s finest artistic masterpieces of the celebrated Joseon Dynasty. More than 150 objects will be in the exhibition, including calligraphy, metalwork, sculpture, costumes and textiles, and more. Among them are a dozen designated National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties—works that have never before traveled outside Korea. The exhibition will be arranged according to a variety of fascinating themes, including kingship and courtly life, ancestral rights, and Confucianism and Buddhism, among others.

What was the Joseon Dynasty?
The Joseon Dynasty was the longest ruling Confucian dynasty, spanning half a millennium from 1392 to 1910. The extensive scholarship and customs that
originated from that time have profoundly shaped the culture and identity of Korea today.