ARTS OF KOREA
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The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has one of the finest collections of Korean art outside East Asia, with particularly superb holdings of ceramics, including celadon masterworks from the eleventh to fourteenth centuries, and Buddhist paintings and sculptures. It is also rich in metalwork, lacquer, and ink painting. While some of the hundred objects presented here were created for royals and aristocrats, many others were originally intended for everyday use and tell a story not only about the artisans who made these boxes, mirrors, jars, tiles, and trays but also about the people who used them. The works represented in 'Arts of Korea' reach in time from a Bronze Age dagger to contemporary ceramics and prints, highlighting the creative dialogue of artists with Korea's unique traditions, as well as with those of China and Japan, over more than two millennia. Enhanced with illuminating essays about the objects' cultural history, this book offers an ideal introduction to the splendors and subtleties of Korean art.