Conservation

This set of three folding screens depicts the Manchus, the ruling ethnic group of China during the Qing dynasty (1392-1910), as they ride through mountains and forest hunting tiger in a style of genre painting called horyeop-do that became popular during the Joseon dynasty. Such paintings were used to decorate the interior of a residence or genre hall for military officials. Some people believed that paintings of Qing elites were a kind of protective amulet that could avert evil spirits.

The screens were recently conserved thanks to a generous grant from the National Museum of Korea. The accompanying video gives more insight into the screens and the conservation process.