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Ancient Diplomat"s Costume Style

Sept 30,1998
The Korean National Folk Museum made public on September 30 a picture of ancient diplomat about 1,500 years ago. The picture was drawn by a Chinese painter who was a high-ranking official of the ancient Chinese government.
The picture describes the political situation at that time and the visits of diplomats from other countries. This picture should prove to be a very valuable resource in historic research due to its seldom seen realistic style.
One diplomat from the Kokuryo Dynasty which was located in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula and Manchuria, wore green slacks with red string at the bottom and an Asian style coat. He also wore a hat adorned with two feathers, ear rings, and boots. A diplomat from Paekje, located in the southwestern region of Korean Peninsula wore a skirt inside his coat, a peaked hood, and boots. The diplomat from Shilla, located in southeastern part of the peninsula, wore slacks patterned with regular diamond shapes, a jacket with blue string around the collar and the cuffs of the sleeves, as well as a hat.
The costume style of the three ancient kingdoms are similar to each other but the Shilla style was simpler than those of other kingdoms.
The museum painstakingly restored the painting to its original state and plans to exhibit it during the 'The Tungus Nations Costumes Exhibition' which runs until October 6.




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