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Interpretation of Materiality: Gold

Presented by The Cleveland Museum of Art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland OH

Apr 30 2021
Oct 24 2021
Interpretation of Materiality: Gold

Due to its remarkable malleability & durability, gold has been widely used in artifacts for the wealthy & for royalty since the fifth millennium BC. This precious mineral was the main material for luxury goods during the period (57 BC−668).

In The Book of Pleasant Journeys into Faraway Lands, the author Muhammad al-Idrisi (1099−1166) writes: “Gold is too common in the Silla kingdom. Even the dog’s leash and the monkey’s collar are made of gold.”

This exhibition illuminates how Korean artists from ancient times to the present day creatively used and interpreted gold and its distinctive materiality. One highlight is the 13th-century Buddhist text Avatamsaka Sutra No. 78. Mixed with ink and glue, refined gold powder was

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