DPRK / North Korean Book: Koryo Dynasty Celadon / Bronze
The great leader President Kim Il Sung said: "The people of Koryo greatly developed the printing industry by inventing metal type for the first time in the world and manufactured the Koryo ceramics which the world values as treasures because of their distinctive colours, patterns and models. All these made our country famous".
Part of the introduction to this book. The Koryo Museum complex is at the foot of Mt. Songak in Kaesong, the capital of Koryo, which was the first unified state in Korea. This books covers a selection of exhibits from the Koryo Dynasty (AD 918 - 1392). 31 fine examples of celadon porcelain are illustrated, as are 23 various bronzes. Various other artefacts are included.
(we should point out that the celadons are different to those illustrated in the Korean Central History Museum book that we are also currently selling).
44 printed pages, colour throughout. Soft cover. 18 x 24.5 cm. New and unused.
We personally bought a few of these books at the Koryo Museum in Kaesong, North Korea and carried them back as hand luggage. We could not buy many, as there were not many to buy and books are heavy to carry as hand luggage; a very rare opportunity, especially for our American and South Korean customers.
Below are a selection of scans showing a part of the contents of this book.
Please note that diagonal lines and picture distortion are caused by our scanner and are not present in the actual printing!
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