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By AD520 the Silla kings ruled the south east of the Korean peninsulaSilla society was powerful and hierarchical. Its royalty was buried in these moundsThe City of Gyeongju was the capital of the Silla kingdomIt brought royal, religious and administrative affairs together in one placeLater kingdoms continued this tradition of centralised powerKing Sejong developed the Korean alphabet in the 1440sImportant information had to be recorded in writingCourt historians had great authority and wrote their own versions of eventsMany of these records still exist today and tell us about Korean historyThe writings of Chinese philosopher Confucius influenced court and societyOfficials set an example of good behaviour by their correct observance of certain ceremoniesThese rituals showed that the rulers were diligent and moralJust as the people they ruled were meant to beThese ceremonies are still observed at the Royal Ancestral Shrine in SeoulThe dragon is a symbol of royal powerand is used across many art formsfrom ceremonial furnitureto ceramics decorated with a dragon......chasing a flaming pearl across the clouds
FREE TALK: The second in a series of screenings programmed by our Exhibition Road artist in residence Jamie Jenkinson, this screening looks at the relationship between movement and colour in artist film and video.
Focusing on the dress and accessories of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), this exquisite book captures the grandeur of the garments worn by emperor…
Luxury or Vulgar? Let The Definery help you decide what objects to own. Simply enter an object into The Definery, answer a series of questions about the object, and wait for its judgement.