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Mujawi (Water Wheel)
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is a commonly used agricultural implement, which is representative of the daily life of the Korean people.

History of the Object
A mujawi is an agricultural instrument for lifting water. It is a very efficient tool for lifting water in a short time, but it is not easy to construct this instrument. In general, irrigation work is needed in farming a few times throughout the year, so a mujawi is more often used in salt fields rather than in paddy fields and dry fields. A mujawi is wheel‐shaped and a lot of spokes in a spiral are attached to one spindle. At the end of the spokes, there is a water fan for pump up and there is a foot pedal at the base as well. A mujawi converts falling or flowing water into energy. Water flows through a channel which is made close to where there is falling water. Also, given the round shape of the mujawi, people could hold long sticks to balance the wheel while they worked the foot pedal to make the wheel turn.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Wood 
Measurements
Width 2300 mm Height 2050 mm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
1900's 
Function
A mujawi is an agricultural instrument for lifting water. It is a very efficient tool for lifting water in a short time. 
Acquisition
Purchase 
Copyright
Republic of Korea government 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
 
Museum
National Folk Museum of Korea 
Credit line
National Folk Museum of Korea 

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