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Painting of the Sun, Moon, and Five Peaks on Six-panel Folding Screen

19th century~Early 20th century

National Palace Museum of Korea

National Palace Museum of Korea
Seoul, South Korea

The most representative theme of Joseon’s royal paintings, depicted in this screen symbolizes the king’s authority and dignity, and presents a wish that the dynasty would last forever. This painting of the sun, moon, and five peaks was always set behind the king’s royal throne, eojwa, as well as the places for the ancestral tablet and the king’s portrait, eojin. Diverse formats, including a general screen type of four, six, or eight panels, a standing type on a separate pedestal, and a type painted on a pair of four sliding doors, were used to paint the sun, moon and five peaks. The elements of the screen and the basic composition of the painting were the same, but there were slight variations of the details of the description and the location of the objects. Vivid colors, such as blue, red, green, white, and black, were used. The records about this painting were found in the royal protocols regarding royal architecture, such as Royal Protocol Recording the Construction of Injeongjeon Hall(1805), and Royal Protocol Recording the Construction of Junghwajeon Hall(1907).

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  • Title: Painting of the Sun, Moon, and Five Peaks on Six-panel Folding Screen
  • Date Created: 19th century~Early 20th century
  • Rights: National palace museum of Korea
  • Medium: Paintings

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