“Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing” is now on view. Organized both conceptually and chronologically, this exhibition explores the role of calligraphy in different strata of Korean society over nearly two millennia. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Due to the rarity of several of the international loans, “Beyond Line” will only be on view at LACMA—making this a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo courtesy National Museum of Korea
Intricately decorated combs such as this date as far back as at least the first century CE in South Asia. The figural designs of the comb illustrated here, however, are especially unique. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The central female figure is portrayed with a wide stance, which suggests that she is a dancer. However, she holds a sword in her right hand and a shield in her left, a detail that suggests that she may instead be a goddess ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ See this piece in the Resnick Pavillion.