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Gold Book for the Investiture of the Prince Imperial
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After Joseon became Korean Empire in the late 19th century, the titles of all royalty were changed to fit the imperial system, and the Crown Prince became the Crown Prince Imperial. This gold book was made in 1897 when Emperor Gojong, the last Emperor of the Korean Empire, named his son, Sungjong, the heir to the throne. The text conveys the admonitions from the Emperor to his son, given name, Cheok, as appointing him the Crown Prince.

History of the Object
Texts written on sheets of bamboo, wood, stone, or metal were tied together and bound into books called ganchaek. This type of book was made in East Asia long before the invention of paper. The tradition of producing books in ganchaek style for special and ceremonial purposes continued to be practiced in the royal courts of the East Asian region even after the invention of paper. Ganchaek differed in material according to purpose and social status of the appointees. Eulogistic posthumous title, a posthumous epithet title or investiture texts added were indicative of the various purposes. Gold books were produced for the Emperor or Eempress, jade books for the King or Queen, and bamboo books for the Crown Prince and his wife.

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Type
Documents 
Materials
Gilded Bronze, Silk 
Measurements
each plate 23.3 X 10.0 cm 
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; 1897; Korean Empire 
Function
Royal script 
Acquisition
Gift by Korean Americans 
Copyright
National Museum of Korea 
Acknowledgements
- National Museum of Korea, National Museum of Korea Digital Museum 2.0, Cultural Foundation of National Museum of Korea, Seoul, 2007 -National Museum of Korea, Scenes of Banquets and Ceremonies of the Joseon Period, Seoul: National Museum of Korea, 2009 
Owner
National Museum of Korea 
Museum
National Museum of Korea 
Credit line
National Museum of Korea 

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