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Korean Art Objects at SOAS

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The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London has acquired valuable artefacts donated by dignitaries, academics, artists and others. As a result, it now houses a substantial number of precious manuscripts, prints and paintings which it holds in the Archives and Special Collections of the SOAS Library, as well as 400 non-archival artworks from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Some of the artworks were made by Korean artists while others were produced by individuals of non-Korean descent who took a keen interest in depicting and recording Korea's distinctive national characteristics and idiosyncrasies. The artefacts are of important artistic and historical value, and cement the position of SOAS as a keeper and disseminator of knowledge in its broadest sense. Many of the artworks are beautiful and worthy of study simply for their aesthetic appeal.

Keywords: Africa; Korean artists; manuscripts; paintings; SOAS; University of London

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