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The collection originated in 1883 with the pioneering efforts of Edward Sylvester Morse, with help from scholar and diplomat Yu Kil-Chun, to forge cultural connections between Korea and the United States. Works from the late the 18th and 19th centuries include costumes, ornate keepsake boxes, ceramics and a spirit house. Most of the objects were designed using natural materials and with symbols that express core cultural values. Works focus on art of the Joseon dynasty, the bridge between the traditional kingdom of Korea and modernity.


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