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Gyeongsang (stura desk)
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is a commonly used piece of furniture, which is representative of the daily life of the Korean people.

History of the Object
Originally, a gyeongsang or stura desk was a low‐level reading desk used in Buddhist temples. Later, the upward‐turned desk edges and the carved decoration on the legs and drawers became its signature style. This piece is a dog‐legged desk and has three drawers. The edges of the desk are turned upward, and this particular design protects scrolled types of documents from rolling off the desk.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Wood 
Measurements
Width 670 mm Height 300 mm Length 290 mm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
14th Century - 20th Century; Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) 
Function
A gyeongsang or stura desk was a low‐level reading desk used in Buddhist temples. 
Acquisition
Purchase 
Copyright
Government of the Republic of Korea 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
 
Museum
National Folk Museum of Korea 
Credit line
National Folk Museum of Korea 

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