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Name: Yi Deok-hyeong ed, Paintings of the Joseon Envoys to Ming by Sea

Period: Joseon Dynasty, circa 1624

This painting depicts Ambassador Yi Deok-hyeong and other Joseon envoys visiting the Ming court in 1624 to request the confirmation of the newly crowned King Injo. This painting, composed of 25 leaves, was presumably painted by a royal artist who accompanied the entourage. It dates from the early 17th century.

At the end of the painting, Yi Deok-hyeong wrote notes for future envoys, recommending that they make the journey by ship if possible.

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