One Asia Forum Talk Series: Iconology of Kingly Screens

A Study of the Painting of Sun, Moon and Five Peaks(日月五峯圖) and the Picture of Nine Dragons (九龍圖) behind the statue of Guan Yu(關羽)  in the East Shrine(東廟), Seoul

Shin Ae Kang event 1

With guest speaker Dr. Shin Ae Kang (Seoul National University)

Thursday, 20 October, 2016
4:00 pm – 6:00pm
Room 604, Asian Centre

Open to the public. All are welcome.

East Guanwangmyo (Shrine of King Guan Yu), the construction of which was completed in 1602, was built by Joseon builders under the supervision of the Ming architect. Behind the statue of Guan Yu in the main hall of the East shrine, a folding screen of Ilwolobongdo (Irwŏrobongdo, a painting of the sun, moon and five mountain peaks) is unfolded and fixed on the wall with hinges, dated in in 1871. When this Ilwolobongdo was removed during the investigation in 2011, a hidden Guryongdo (a picture of nine dragons in the clouds) and a wall painting of two symmetrical dragons on the fence were newly discovered. This talk explores the political intention that the screen of Ilwolobongdo substituted for Chinese dragon paintings and why the positions of the sun and moon icons in it were switched, considering the iconic meaning of IIlwolobongdo which is a unique decoration painting of Joseon’s royal court and represented the authority and symbol of the king of Joseon.

Shin Ae Kang event 2About the speaker: Dr. Shin Ae Kang teaches Korean Art History and East Asian art in the pre-modern period at the Underwood International College, Yonsei University and at Myongji University. Her current monograph involves “Ambivalent Aspects of Joseon Landscape paintings under Neo Confucianism,” and her publications include “ The Political Character and its Function of The Painting of  Nine-bend stream of Mt. Wuyi in China for Queen Dankyung [溫陵奉陵都監 契屛 武夷九曲圖],” in the book of Korea in the World History(2016), “The Origin and Iconography of Wuyi jiu qu tu (武夷九曲圖) in the Joseon Dynasty,”Korean Journal of Art History vol. 254(2007)