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Screen panel

Screen panel

  • Place of origin:

    Korea (made)

  • Date:

    1800 - 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered silk

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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This embroidred panel of cream coloured silk forms part of a set of four, originally conceived to be mounted as a free-standing screen. All the panels are decorated in a similar manner, with columns formed of flower arrangements, interspersed with Chinese characters. The written language of China, Korea's neighbour to the west, was widely studied and appreciated in 19th century Korea. Characters expressing ideas of long life and happiness were often applied to furniture, painting and ornaments, as on this example.
Brightly coloured textiles and paintings added vitality and brightness to the otherwise sombre colours of Korean domestic interiors. Embroidery was an important accomplishment for ladies, and was applied to clothing, wrapping cloths and decorative textiles.

Physical description

One of four mounted panels from an embroidered screen of the Kilsangdo (auspicious images) type. Coloured silks have been sewn on a cream-coloured background, with to form Chinese characters alternating with stylised floral arrangements.

Place of Origin

Korea (made)


1800 - 1900 (made)


unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered silk


Height: 59.2 cm panel, Width: 32.2 cm

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1991/1823.

Embroidered screens of this type adorned the living quarters of queens and princesses in the late Chosôn period in Seoul. Executed by the court governess in charge of embroidery, the multi-coloured designs on each panel typically illustrate a four-line verse in Chinese characters of a song performed during court celebrations.

Descriptive line

Screen, silk with coloured embroidery depicting flowers and Chinese characters, Korea, 1800-1900

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wilson, Verity, 'Celebrating Twenty-five years in the Far Eastern collection of the V&A' in Orientations, 1995, p.532
Huh, Dong-hwa (Ho, Tong-hwa), Classical Korean Embroideries, Seoul(?):Korea-Britain Centennial Committee : International Cultural Society of Korea, 1984, chapter 7
Huh, Dong-hwa (Ho, Tong-hwa), The Collection of Traditional Embroideries in Korea Kyoto: Dohosha, 1982, pp116-125


Silk (textile); Silk thread



Subjects depicted

Floral patterns


Textiles; Embroidery

Collection code


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