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Poem

Yi I

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
MEDIUM Ink on paper, silk brocade
  • Place Made: Korea
  • DATES mid 16th century
    DYNASTY Joseon dynasty
    DIMENSIONS frame: 18 1/2 × 26 3/4 × 1 in. (47 × 67.9 × 2.5 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2022.37.3
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Carroll Family Collection
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1969, provenance not yet documented; before 1969, in the Chong Kap-bong Collection, Seoul, South Korea; before 1969, acquired by Kwon Ok-Yeon of Seoul; between 1959 and 1969, reportedly acquired by Roger Chambard, of Paris, France; between 1969 and 1981, provenance not yet documented; by 1981, acquired byJoseph P. and Roberta Carroll of New York, NY; 2021, loaned by the Joseph P. Carroll Trust and Roberta Carroll Trust to the Brooklyn Museum; 2022, gift of the Joseph P. Carroll Trust and Roberta Carroll Trust to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Poem of five lines plus signature, written on a single page that is now mounted as an album leaf and framed. The lines are written in loose cursive in Chinese characters that are of uneven size and varied style. It is sealed twice, once on the mounting paper. The author and calligrapher, Yi I, is better known by his sobriquet, Yul Gok, and is much celebrated in Korea as an important promoter of the Neo-Confucian philosophy that would come to guide most aspects of life for Korea's upper classes. Yul Gok appears on the 5,000 Won note, the equivalent of the $5 bill. Poem has not been translated.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
    CAPTION Yi I (Korean, 1536–1584). Poem, mid 16th century. Ink on paper, silk brocade, frame: 18 1/2 × 26 3/4 × 1 in. (47 × 67.9 × 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Carroll Family Collection, 2022.37.3 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2022.37.3_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 2022.37.3_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2023
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