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The King's Excursion on a Royal Carriage
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

At the head of the painting, the title Daehanjeguk Donggado Seokjisa indicates this piece to be the work of Chae Young-shin, arguably the most renowned portrait painter of the period. However, discrepancies in the pen-strokes and inaccuracies in the depicted procession order, use of written characters, and the order of the painting covers have led to various interpretation as to the date of production ans author of the painting. Directly portraying the king unlike in previous depiction of royal events, and using an aspect of Western painting by directly applying the brush instead of using colored engravings, The King's Excursion on a Royal Carriage is a fascinating work that depicts the procession of Gojong's royal excursion with a sense of gravitas and opulence. Gojong makes four direct appearances from the mid-section of the scroll. His first appearance shows Gojong dressed in military attire as he is preceded by the runuchs of Gyeomnaechwi, the ceremonial musical troupe; next, the scene is broken up and the second depiction of Gojong features him upon the royal open-top gama and dressed in gonryongpo, the dragon-imprinted royal robe, and the ikseongwan, a type of wide-brim hat worn by royalty. In the second depiction, Gojong is also accompanied by uima and eosukma, which are horses carrying items required by the processiom. The subsequent two appearances depict Gojong riding the royal carriage with senior officials of the dangsang level.

History of the Object
The King's Excursion on a Royal Carriage is a royal documentary painting that illustrates the procession for Gojong's royal excursion.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Ink and Colors on Paper 
Measurements
Width:1,746cm, Height:19.5cm 
Creator name
Chae Yong-shin 
Creator date
1828-1901 
Where it was made
 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
Joseon, late 19th-early 20th century 
Function
Painting  
Acquisition
Purchased in 1973  
Copyright
Ewha Womans University Museum  
Acknowledgements
Ewha Womans University Museum, Engagement with Korean Art : 100 Masterpieces from the Ewha Womans University Museum, Seoul, 2007  
Owner
Ewha Womans University Museum 
Museum
Ewha Womans University Museum 
Credit line
Ewha Womans University Museum  

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