A royal letter to Cho On 趙溫 (1347-1417), a Merit Subject of 1388, 1392, 1398, and 1400, conferring a large fief in return for his involvement in the Coup of 1398. 1399.

A portrait of Sin Sukchu 申叔舟 (1417-1475), a courtier, chancellor, and academician of the late medieval era with an illustrious career. 1454.

This portrait was drawn amidst the Coup of 1454, in which he was involved as a leading conspirator.


A record of the oath sworn by Merit Subjects of 1392, 1398, and 1400 at a covenant held in 1404, reaffirming their mutual trust and allegiance to the throne.

A pictorial depiction of Admiral Yi Sunsin’s 李舜臣 (1545-1598) turtle boat. 1795.

From The Complete Works of Yi Sunsin 李文忠公全書, compiled under the auspices of King Chŏngjo in 1795.

A portrait of Yi Sŏnggye 李成桂 (1335-1408), the founding monarch of the Chosŏn dynasty. 1872.

A replica of an earlier portrait. The original possibly dates to the early fifteenth century.

Sin Yunbok 申潤福 (b. 1758). Selections from Hyewŏn chŏnsinch’ŏp 蕙園傳神帖. Circa 1805.

Taegu Talsŏng to 大丘達城圖. Late 18th century.

A pictorial map of Taegu.

A close-up of Hojo nanggwan kyehoedo 戶曹郎官契會圖. 1550.

A gathering of middle-ranking bureaucrats in the Board of Personnel and their superior.  There are ten entertainers (three are outside of this frame, preparing the delicacies to be served) for nine officials, because by convention the senior official was served by two entertainers.

Sŏgyŏng chŏndo 西京全圖. Probably early modern period.

An idealized depiction of P’yŏngyang.  According to pseudo-legendary accounts Kija 箕子, a sagacious nobleman from North China Plain in high antiquity, migrated with his retainers to the Korean peninsula and established the utopian state of Chosŏn 朝鮮.  The square-shaped fields within the outer city walls represent Kija’s well-field system.

A portrait of Song Siyŏl 宋時烈 (1607-1689). Early modern period.

A rustic Neo-Confucian scholar and spiritual leader of the ruling Noron faction in the seventeenth-century Chosŏn court.