Poetic exchange

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Poetic exchange


During the reign of King Sejong in the year 1450, the Ming Dynasty of China sent an envoy by the name of Ni Quan to Korea to announce Emperor Jingdi’s accession to the throne. Ni Quan exchanged poems with the Joseon Dynasty scholars who greeted him, including Jeong In-ji, Won Jeop-sa, Shin Sook-ju. The collection contains some of these poems.

The scroll is of three parts. The first part is a title page written by the Chinese minister, Wang Shuan, the second includes two six-letter poems exchanged between Jeong and Ni Quan and 35 other poems that were written by hand and lastly, an epilogue.

This significant find shows the cultural exchange between the two countries and provides important historical evidence of early Joseon calligraphy styles.

Name: Collection of Poems by the Ming Envoys

and Joseon Scholars

Period: Joseon 1450 King Sejong regime

Status: Treasure No. 1404

Location: National Museum of Korea

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