Antique Korean Embroidery of Turtle Ship with Flag
Here we have an antique Korean embroidered artwork of a turtle ship at sea. I'm not sure what's blowing my mind more. The intricacy of the turtleship scene, or the fact that the single strings are used make such scene. Plus, you have the mystery of the Korean flag and Chinese characters....with such strings. A lot to revel in here. All I can say, I salute the artist that pulled this one off. And we move on...
The reason why the writing on the flag is Chinese is because at that time, even though there was a Korean alphabet in existence, Chinese characters were often used for more formal purposes and sometimes artwork.
The antique silk embroidery with backing comes out of a Twin Cities estate full of antique artwork. I thought the piece might be a badge but I'm not positive on that conclusion. The artist is a mystery to me. I'm all ears to any ideas.
The embroidered dragon measures 10 1/2" tall by 8 1/2" wide. The piece is curling inward in the top right corner and along the edges. You get it framed and you'll be set. There are a few pinhole losses, especially in the upper left corner, and near the dragon head. Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
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The dragon's fire will light up a room. Such a cool piece of history.