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Beoksu

unknown1600/1900

Korean Stone Art Museum

Korean Stone Art Museum

During the Joseon Dynasty, as the incidence of smallpox became worse every year, people started to have a folk belief that beoksu, a Korean traditional totem pole, would keep them away from smallpox. The letter Ho (虎), which means tiger, is carved in beoksu, which embodies the villagers’ wish for good health.

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  • Title: Beoksu
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date: 1600/1900
  • Type: sculpture

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