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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1978.484.88
Title
Distant View of Seoul
Classification
Photographs
Work Type
photograph
Date
c. 1857-1874
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, Korea
Period
Chosŏn dynasty, 1392-1910
Culture
Korean
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/55150
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Albumen silver print
Technique
Albumen silver print
Dimensions
H. 21.1 x W. 26.5 cm (8 5/16 x 10 7/16 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Transfer from Widener Library, Harvard University
Accession Year
1978
Object Number
1978.484.88
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This photograph represents an overview of Seoul, looking from southeast to northwest. Although a few thatched houses appear in the foreground, at the viewer's right, most of the buildings have tiled roofs. A few large, European-style buildings appear in the distance, before the mountains that rise in the background. The Gyeong-bok [Kyŏng-pok] Palace complex stands just to the right of the photograph's center, behind the flagpole. Gyeong-hoe-ru [Kyŏng-hoe-ru] Pavilion is visible at the left side of the Gyeong-bok Palace complex. Other royal palaces are also visible; in fact, the group of official buildings to the left of center perhaps represents Deok-su-gung [Tŏk-su-kung] Palace. The city wall and its imposing gates apparently do not appear in the photograph. The photograph perhaps was taken from Namsan (South Mountain).
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