Lecture: Arts of the Goryeo Kingdom

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

This lecture explores arts of the Goryeo kingdom (918–1392), a period often referred to a "Golden Age" of Korea's past. During this time, the production of metal wares and decorative arts — including celadon ceramics — thrived, especially in the 12th and early 13th century. This production is reflected in surviving examples of many beautiful works of art, often made for use at the royal court.

With the strong emphasis placed on Buddhism, artifacts were often created for votive and ritual purposes, and the closing decades of the rule coincide with the making of elaborate Buddhist paintings and sutras.

By placing Goryeo's cultural developments and artistic achievements within a local as well as broader East Asian context, this lecture shows how art objects were made and used over the course of the Goryeo period. Works on view in the Arts of Korea Gallery illustrate manufacturing techniques and highlight core iconography and aesthetic trends.

The lecture is presented by Charlotte Horlyck, assistant professor of Korean art and archeology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.



Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005


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