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Korea: Art and Archaeology Paperback – December 31, 2000

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ISBN-13: 978-0714114873 ISBN-10: 0714114871

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Preceding the opening at the British Museum of a permanent gallery for Korean art, this book is written to inform and raise enthusiasm in nonspecialists. Portal (Oriental antiquities, British Museum) pieces together an overview of the artistic heritage of the Korean peninsula. It is the first authoritative general introduction to the art of this distinctive culture in English and fills a void by covering an area of research long neglected by the art community in the West. Richly illustrated with examples of metalwork, sculpture, lacquer, celadons, paintings, and prints, this book traces the development of arts chronologically in the context of the country's politics, religion, commerce, and relationships with neighboring countries, especially China and Japan. Although a more in-depth look into various intriguing aspects of these riches is still needed, this book, including chronologies, a glossary, and appendixes, paves the way for inspiring scholarship in the field. A fine choice for both public and academic libraries.
-Lucia S. Chen, NYPL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jane Portal is an Assistant Keeper in the Department of Oriental Antiquities in the British Museum, where she is responsible for the Korean collections and Chinese decorative arts. She has written on aspects of the arts in Korea and in China. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press (December 31, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714114871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714114873
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By esseyo on February 10, 2002
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Very interesting book on Korean art, how its art began and changed with its history, its relationship with the arts of China and Japan, and to some extent the Korean people. It starts in the Neolithic times with some interesting ideas on early future-to-be-Korean people based on artifacts and ends with the 20th century (mostly paintings) though the bulk of the book covers the 3 Kingdom, Koryo and Choson periods. A sentence in the intro in particular "The tremendous Korean input into many aspects of Japanese culture has been undervalued." in some ways sets the tone of the book.
Organized, well-written, accessible to laymen, good glossy pages, and the vast majority of illustrations is presented in full colored.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dsimpso on November 12, 2009
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Jane Portal provides a balanced history of Korean society and its art from Paleolithic to modern time. Her writing style is lucid and factual with few opinions. She has references throughout the text. The photographs are gorgeous and are of the seminal items from the culture. She is a scholar for the lay reader. It is clear why the British Museum published this work. It is an excellent comprehensive history of Korea and its cultural arts.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2002
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This seems to be a meaningful addition to scholarship of Korean art and archaeology in English-speaking countries. However, I felt that there are too much of general information and less of discussions of major issues in Korean archaeology or visual features in the works of art. All these make the book appear something between a travel guide and an academic book.
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