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Sangyeo (bier)
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This piece, which took six months to complete, is special because of its magnificent color schemes and detailed decorations. Important Folk Material No.230. It was reproduced by Master of Bier Gim Jaehwan.

History of the Object
Various decorations are attached to the Sangyeo, representing mythical and imaginative figures like dragons and phoenixes and spiritual figures (such as ghosts and messengers from the underworld), as well as animals and plants (e.g. tigers, lotus flowers and chicks). The duty of these figures was to guide the dead carefully to the underworld and help them settle in that new world. This piece is from the Cho family in Sanchung and is structured like a four‐storied building. The architecture of the roof is an adaptation of the traditional Korean tiled roof. A handrail is attached to each storey. Yellow and blue wooden dragons are carved on the front and the back of the sangyeo, and a carved phoenix decorates the edge of the handrail on each storey of the “building”.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Wood, Clothes 
Measurements
Width 263 cm. Height 170 cm. Length 650 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 
Function
Sangyeo is a palanquin used by commoners to carry a corpse. 
Acquisition
Donation from the family association of Jeonju Choe Clan 
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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