Reflecting today on something I absolutely love. Art wise these are definitely one of my favorite things I’ve ever seen.
These figures are traditional Korean Japsang statues that are placed on top of royal palaces, such as the #gyeongbokgung
and the #changdeokgung
. They are small, animal-shaped statues that guard the palaces while standing along the edges. They are considered critical elements in the construction of these royal palaces because they are thought to elevate the level of construction. #japsang
are never seen during the Three Kingdoms Period (57 BCE - 935 CE) but they are present in later periods. In the Goryo Dynasty (918 CE - 1392 CE) for example, there are rare examples of the Japsang shaped like dragons or monsters. While in other periods the main varying animals include: phoenixes, lions, giraffes, sea horses, monkeys, and haetaes, which are mythical unicorn/lion creatures. Japsangs are also always arranged in odd numbers ranging from 3 to 11 when placed on top of elite structures. Today, in addition to the ancient buildings, Japsangs can be seen on structures like the presidential residence or the Blue House. What’s your favorite art piece? I’d love to hear down below 👇🏻👇🏻
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