Oval fan buchae

Oval fan buchae


An oval fan, called buchae 부채 in Korean, featuring the taegeukseon 태극선 motif, or the yin and yang symbol (Kor. taeguk 태극), which signifies the fundamental law of nature or the harmony of everything. The motif is painted on paper with red, green, and yellow paint and fixed with persimmon juice. The handle is painted black. In addition to the tri-colour design, it features a peony, a royal flower that symbolises royalty, courage, and honour. As the flower of the rich, it also represents wealth and nobility. Peonies were a common subject for painters in the early and middle periods of the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897), along with birds and other plants. (NVG)

Manufacturing technique: dying and strengthening paper with persimmon juice
Dimensions: height: 33 cm, width: 24 cm
No. of parts: 1
Current owner: Celje Regional Museum
Date of the last acquisition: 1957–1960
Previous owners and periods of ownership: Alma M. Karlin, Thea Schreiber Gammelin, Celje Regional Museum
Object condition, handling and damage: well preserved

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