The V&A's Korean collection includes green-glazed ceramics, silk embroideries from officials' robes, boxes inlaid with mother-of-pearl and Park Young Sook’s monumental vessel ‘Moon Jar’. Made from 500 AD up to the present day, the diverse objects all reflect the love of natural forms that pervades the decorative arts of Korea.
Korean Red Lacquer Chest
This Korean red lacquer chest inlaid with mother-of-pearl decoration was purchased by a curator from the Ceramics Department who was sent to China and Korea to buy acquisitions for the Museum. Such long distance travel on behalf of the Museum was very unusual at this point in time.
Traditional Dress from East Asia
Traditional clothing from the East Asian countries of Japan, China and Korea tends to conceal the form of the body. With some exceptions, it is the surface decoration of dress from Japan and China, and the striking plain colour combinations of Korean clothes that hold our attention.
Room 47g: Korea
Tranquil green-glazed ceramics, silk embroideries from officials' robes and gleaming boxes inlaid with mother-of-pearl are among the treasures on display here. Made between 500 and 2000 AD, these diverse objects all reflect the love of natural forms that pervades the decorative arts of Korea.