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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is the oldest existing wooden ruler in Korea. It was the most common ruler used with the construction of buildings in the ancient Three Kingdoms Period (3rd Century CE ~ middle 7th Century CE ). It is believed to be one of the legendary "Tangchuk (Ruler used in the Tang Dynasty)". We draw that conclusion on the basis of intervals of scales remaining on one side of the ruler. It is the most significant evidence of advanced construction technology in ancient Korea.

History of the Object
The ruler was found with the middle broken. Nine notch marks are inscribed and the space between the marks is about 2.9cm. It had been preserved by a vacuum freeze drying process over a four-year period. Housed since it was first excavated from the Iseong fortress site in Hanam City, South Korea.

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Type
Other 
Materials
wood 
Measurements
Width 2.9cm Length 29.5cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
Korea; South Korea; Hanam; Iseong mountain fortress 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 7th century 
Creation date
7th Century  
Function
Measuring the length for construction 
Acquisition
Excavated at Iseong mountain fortress, Hanam, South Korea by Hanyang University Museum in 1999. 
Copyright
Hanyang University Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Korean government 
Museum
Hanyang University Museum 
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