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GOD PICTURES IN KOREAN CONTEXTS: THE OWNERSHIP AND MEANING OF SHAMAN PAINTINGS. Laurel Kendall et al. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 2015. 182 pp. with 60 ills. (10 col.). 24 x 17 cm. LC 2015-4080 ISBN 9780824847647 In English.
Publisher's description: Shamans depicted walking on knives, fairies shown riding on clouds, kings astride dragon mounts: some find such pictures unsettling, some charming. Pursued by collectors, venerated as the seats of gods, Korean shaman paintings are all of these things. Laurel Kendall, Jongsung Yang, and Yul Soo Yoon explore what it is that makes these works magical or sacred--more than "just paintings." What does it mean for a picture to carry the trace of a god? Once animated and revered, can it ever be a mere painting again? How have shaman paintings been revalued as art? Do artfulness and magic ever intersect? Is the market value of a painting influenced by whether or not it was once a sacred object? Navigating the journey shaman paintings make from painters' studios to shaman shrines to private collections and museums, the three authors deftly navigate the borderland between scholarly interests in the production and consumption of material religion and the consumption and circulation of art. Illustrated with sixty images in color and black and white, the book offers a new vantage point on "the social life of things."
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Asia (Traditional) — Korea — Painting
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 167714
Hardcover $54.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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