The Journey

Alms-Bowl Pond (Palyeon) in the Diamond Mountains (Geumgangsan), originally in the album Complete Views of the Diamond Mountains (Geumgang jeondo)

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  • Kim Hongdo (Korean, 1745–1806)
  • Korea
  • Joseon period, ca. 1788
  • Album leaf mounted as a hanging scroll; ink and light colors on silk
  • H. 11 7/8 x W.17 in. (30.1 x 43.2 cm)
  • Harvard Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Anonymous Gift, by exchange, 2000.349
  • Mount Geumgang
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This album leaf is attributed to Kim Hongdo, the leading court painter of Korea's Joseon period (1392–1910). The artist traveled to the famous Diamond Mountains in 1788 after he was commissioned by King Jeongjo (reigned 1776–1800) to paint the entire landscape in a set of five albums of twelve leaves. The region of the Diamond Moutains runs along the northeastern coast of the Korean Peninsula and shelters numerous Buddhist temples, hermitages, and statuary. The pond in this scene takes its name from the shape of an alms bowl. The alms bowl symbolizes the Dharma and the historical Buddha Shakyamuni.

PHOTO CREDIT: Katya Kallsen © President and Fellows of Harvard College

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