Korean paintings have subjects such as landscapes, facial
features, Buddhist topics and an emphasis on celestial
observation in keeping with the rapid development of Korean
Mountain and Water are important features in Korean landscape
painting because it is a site for building temples and buildings.
Korean Masks are called tal or t’al
Originated with religious and artistic meaning
Korea has a rich history of masks
They use it in funeral services to help banish evil spirits
and theatre plays dating back to the prehistoric age
Masks were also used for shamanistic rites and were kept within temples
where they were honored with offerings.
By the 12th century the masks became part of elaborate dances & dramas.
The roles of colors in Korean masks
1. Black, Red & White – Bright and vibrant colors that help
establish the age & race of the figure
2. Half Red & Half White – symbolizes the idea that the
wearer has two fathers, Mr. Red & Mr. White
3. Dark-faced – indicates that the character was born of an
Some masks have moving parts like winking or shifting eyes and moving mouths.
KNOT TYING IN KOREA
Decorative knot work is known as “Maedeup” or called
“Dorae” or double connection knot