May 16, 2022

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“A Peony from the Paintings of Landscapes and Flowers” by Shin Myeong-yeon (1808-86) [CULTURAL HERITAGE ADMINISTRATION]

The final exhibition hall of the National Palace Museum's

The final exhibition hall of the National Palace Museum’s “Peonies: Flowers of Peace and Prosperity,” is surrounded by folding screens featuring peonies. [JOONGANG ILBO]

Peonies have been just one of the most common bouquets used to enhance royal objects for the duration of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).  
As the “king of flowers” symbolized “wealth and prosperity,” peony patterns were being embroidered on attire and textiles, painted on porcelain, engraved on home furniture, and commonly utilized as a motif in paintings. Whilst it truly is no shock to see the abundance of peony motifs made use of to embellish marital products, what’s lesser regarded is that peonies were also broadly employed to adorn merchandise for the whole funeral rites approach for Joseon kings and queens. 
The National Palace Museum of Korea has structured a exclusive exhibition titled, “Peonies: Bouquets of Peace and Prosperity” to introduce the symbolic which means of the flowers by discovering how the Joseon royal court enjoyed and employed peonies in their plant sort and in style factors.  

A wedding palaquin with glass windows adorned with peony designs [CULTURAL HERITAGE ADMINISTRATION]

A wedding day palaquin with glass home windows adorned with peony models [CULTURAL HERITAGE ADMINISTRATION]

“It was a shock for me, specially, to locate out that peonies served as a implies to wish that the deceased would appreciate an afterlife as tranquil as the honor granted in this life, as effectively to hope for peace and prosperity for the royal family,” explained Kim Dong-younger, director of the National Palace Museum of Korea. “The exhibition will allow for website visitors to examine the society of the Joseon royal courtroom and the Korean imperial courtroom through this royal flower.”  
It is presumed that peonies have been launched to Korea for the duration of the reign of King Jinpyeong (r.579-632) of Silla Dynasty (57 B.C. to A.D. 935) and the popularity of the flower continued throughout the Joseon Dynasty. As it’s not an simple flower to cultivate, it is reported that peonies ended up remarkably treasured, and only grown in the rear gardens of the royal palaces and in the gardens of Joseon scholars’ homes. They were also painted for visible appreciation and to adorn residing spaces.  
“As a huge assortment of flowers and plants had been imported from China in the 18th and 19th hundreds of years, the literati came to indulge in gardening as a hobby and paintings of bouquets and crops ended up manufactured in different formats,” explained Kim Jae-eun, curator of the show. 
Historic data, this kind of as “Records of the Office environment for Protecting the Royal Palace Gardens” and “Records on Horticulture” (1670) by Heo Mok, doc that lotus bouquets and peonies have been planted and savored in the rear backyard of Changdeok Palace. Peonies even now bloom fantastically around the Changdeok Palace’s Nakseonjae Hall just about every spring. The scent has been gathered from the peonies in the palace’s gardens and has been turned into a fragrance which is highlighted in the to start with segment of the show, “Growing and Taking pleasure in Peonies.”  


The “Peony Garden” in the first segment will allow readers to sit down and delight in the scent of the flower and a gentle breeze. [YONHAP]

As people wander into the large corridor at the starting of the show, they will come upon a wonderfully adorned peony backyard. The expertise is enriched by the floral fragrance of the Changdeok Palace peonies that penetrates by means of experience masks. Followers have also been mounted to allow people to come to feel a mild breeze on going for walks into the corridor. Below, consultant artworks that element peonies are exhibited in diverse corners of the backyard, such as “A Peony from the Paintings of Landscapes and Flowers” by Shin Myeong-yeon (1808-86), “Painting Album of Peonies” by Heo Ryeon (1808-92), and “Peonies and Butterflies” by Nam Gye-u (1811-90), so that website visitors can love the flower by means of various senses. The ink paintings by Heo were being primarily reputed at the time. King Heonjong (1827-49) even purchased him to paint peonies while he viewed on, attesting to the popular recognition of peony paintings in and exterior the royal courtroom.  

“Painting Album of Peonies” by Heo Ryeon (1808-92) [CULTURAL HERITAGE ADMINISTRATION]

“Painting Album of Peonies” by Heo Ryeon (1808-92) [CULTURAL HERITAGE ADMINISTRATION]

In the next component of the show titled “Blooming Peonies in Models,” guests can witness a wide range of objects bearing peony designs that adorned the royal court and take a look at the that means carried by each individual piece. An array of white porcelain pieces featuring peony styles in cobalt-blue are exhibited here, alongside with home furnishings and jewellery boxes. But the most remarkable use of peony layouts embodying wishes for happy and ample lifestyle can be identified in marital objects.  
A bridal robe recognized as hwarot is thought of a emphasize piece and is being exposed to the general public for the to start with time. Other than the point that it was found in storage at Changdeok Palace, nothing was formerly regarded about the gown. But immediately after conducting many exams on the garment considering that 2016, researchers at the Countrywide Palace Museum found a paper padding inside the gown, which apparently was applied to condition the robe. Incredibly, the paper was uncovered to be an answer sheet, created by likely examination takers, of a civil assistance examination held in 1880.  

A wedding robe, known as hwarot, discovered in Changdeok Palace, is being exhibited for the first time. [CULTURAL HERITAGE ADMINISTRATION]

A marriage ceremony robe, identified as hwarot, learned in Changdeok Palace, is being exhibited for the initial time. [CULTURAL HERITAGE ADMINISTRATION]

Paper padding was discovered inside the Changdeok Palace hwarot, allowing researchers to confirm the era in which it was produced. The paper was revealed to be an answer sheet, produced by potential test takers of a civil service exam held in 1880. [CULTURAL HERITAGE ADMINISTRATION]

Paper padding was learned inside the Changdeok Palace hwarot, allowing researchers to confirm the period in which it was generated. The paper was revealed to be an response sheet, created by opportunity check takers of a civil services examination held in 1880. [CULTURAL HERITAGE ADMINISTRATION]

Thanks to the discovery, it turned the second hwarot whose output date is verified. In advance of the discovery, the only hwarot whose output day was regarded was Princess Bokon’s (1818-32), which is also displayed in this segment. Manufactured in 1830, Princess Bokon, who was the next daughter of King Sunjo (1790-1834), wore the robe on her wedding ceremony working day in 1832.  
“Peonies Embodying Wishes for a Tranquil Royal Court docket and Affluent Dynasty” is the final section, which highlights how the flowers were used in funeral ceremonies and rituals to honor ancestors in the royal court. Visitors will be capable to master how peony design and style have been utilized in distinct phases of royal funeral rites, ranging from through royal protocols, on the chairs for laying a spirit pill, on incense burners and on folding screens. The folding screens in distinct were being used all over the full funeral rites.  
The exhibition hall of this section is surrounded by folding screens with peonies. Towards the end of the show, a space depicting a shrine has been reproduced, showcasing what a area where ancestral rituals honoring the deceased kings with royal portraits would have appeared like.  

A chair for laying a spirit tablet with a peony design carved into it. [CULTURAL HERITAGE ADMINISTRATION]

A chair for laying a spirit pill with a peony style and design carved into it. [CULTURAL HERITAGE ADMINISTRATION]

“We hope this exhibition will provide website visitors an option to ponder the magnificence of peonies and come to take pleasure in the needs of Koreans of the earlier for prosperity and eternal peace and prosperity,” Kim said.  
Guests will have to make on the net reservations or sign up offline to take pleasure in the show as the museum restricts the amount of people in adherence with the government’s social distancing guideline amid the coronavirus pandemic.  
The exhibit operates from July 7 to Oct. 31.  

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