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Illustrated Album of a Coming-of-age Ceremony for the Crown Prince

Joseon Dynasty

National Palace Museum of Korea

National Palace Museum of Korea

This album illustrates the procedures of the coming-of-age ceremony of a crown prince. The ceremony, which at the court belongs to a category of celebratory rites included among the five state rites of the Joseon dynasty, was held around the year when the crown prince turned ten. The ceremony was held with courtly dignity since it was the first ritual held for the crown prince after his birth. Thirteen pictures illustrate the sequences of the event, from the royal command to the preparation of the event and post-ritual celebration.
The illustrated procedures are listed as follows:

1. 臨軒命賓贊儀圖
Illustration of the king seated in the main hall ordering his subjects and assistants to hold the capping ceremony
2. 世子受宮官及執事拜圖
Illustration of the crown prince receiving bows from his tutors, escorts, and officiates of the ceremony
3 世子與二品以上答拜圖
Illustration of the crown prince exchanging bows with royal family members and officials above second rank
4. 世子受三品以下拜圖
Illustration of the crown prince receiving bows from officials below third rank
5. 世子降階拜師傅賓客圖
Illustration of the crown prince descending the stairs and greeting his teachers, officials, and guests
6. 世子與主人答拜圖
Illustration of the crown prince exchanging bows with participants and the official in charge of the event before the beginning of the main ceremony
7. 世子受敎圖
Illustration of the crown prince accepting the royal edict, read aloud by the officiate
8 世子陞階入東序圖
Illustration of the crown prince ascending the stairs to the eastern platform of his mansion, in order to prepare for his three capping ceremonies
9. 三加圖
Illustration of the three capping ceremonies, in which the crown prince changes his clothes and caps three times from those of a child to an adult
10. 世子受醴圖
Illustration of the crown prince receiving a goblet of under-fermented sweet wine and wearing the ritual attire of a crown prince
11. 賓字世子圖
Illustration of a scholar guest presenting an adult name to the crown prince
12. 賓字世子圖
Illustration of the audience of the crown prince with the king, at the office of the king
13. 會賓客儀圖
Illustration of a ceremonial banquet and the offering of goods to officials and guests

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  • Title: Illustrated Album of a Coming-of-age Ceremony for the Crown Prince
  • Date Created: Joseon Dynasty
  • Rights: National Palce Museum of Korea

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