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Korea. Shamanism.
Mountain god with tall ceremonial Shamanic staff. Traditional coloured Shaman temple hanging painted on paper-board for the adornment of a ‘House of Psyche’, or Shamanic shrine. Folded sheets; rolled paper loops attached to top corners, (89.5 x 64.5 cm).
South Korea circa 1950. The Mountain god firmly holds a tall ceremonial Shaman staff in his right hand, while fingering large black beads hanging on a string round his neck with his left hand; the decorative multi-coloured robes include 2 circular compositions with 2 cranes; baggy grey pants (baji) visible below; he is wearing a wide flat-coned ochre-coloured hat. Mountain tops with trees are showing in the background. Korean folk paintings on strong paper expressing myths, legends and magic-religious imagery were used in Shamanism, the ethnic religion of Korea. The shamanic deities and their assistants are presented in formal Korean dress. As the worship of Shaman gods and their shrines has much diminished in Korea in the past half century owing to political instability, very few temples and their contents have survived. Shamanic paintings have become sought after and collectable as relics of another era. The hanging is generally well preserved, as also the colouring. Some neat repairs to folds, isolated soot and candle staining, small marginal tears.
Bookseller: Hünersdorff Rare Books ABA ILAB [London, United Kingdom]
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