The Korean collection at the MFA—one of the best outside Korea—includes works of art from the Bronze Age to the present day.

The new gallery for the Arts of Korea opened November 16, 2012, and showcases the collection’s strengths in decorative arts, in 11th to 13th century celadons from the Hoyt collection, as well as spectacular pieces of lacquer and metalwork. Other works to be displayed in the gallery include a 12th-century gilt silver ewer and basin and a 14th-century gilt silver Buddhist reliquary, as well as a superb 18th-century trompe l’oeil bookshelf screen, on loan from a local private collection. In addition, the gallery, renovated with the support of the Korea Foundation, includes paintings, both Buddhist and secular, and newly acquired contemporary ceramics.

Jane Portal, Matsutaro Shoriki Chair, Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa, describes some of the treasures of Korean art on view in the gallery in this introductory video. Hear from the curator.

Works of Art in the Gallery


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