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03. Chaekgori (Scholar's Accouterments)

late 19th-early 20th century, Korea

Eight-panel folding screen, ink and color on paper with silk brocade mounting

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Chaekgori (literally books and scholar’s equipment) screens symbolize knowledge and wealth as seen particularly during the reign of King Jeongjo (r. 1776-1800). The screens were placed behind every desk in the men’s quarters throughout the palace and soon every gentry household decorated their rooms in the same fashion. Rising demand of these screens led professional court painters such as Kim Hong-do (1745-?) to pursue this specific type of screen.

each painting: 12 1/4 x 24 1/4 in (31.1 x 61.6 cm)
each mounted panel: 16 1/4 x 29 in (41.3 x 73.7 cm)
overall screen: 127 x 29 in (322.6 x 73.7 cm)

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