Funerary Figure of an Equestrian
late 19th century
19 × 8 × 3 in. (48.3 × 20.3 × 7.6 cm)
mount (m1-2021.17.7): 23 × 14 × 9 in. (58.4 × 35.6 × 22.9 cm)
mount (dimensions when seen on donors freestanding base): 23 1/2 × 9 × 9 in. (59.7 × 22.9 × 22.9 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Carroll Family Collection
Carved wood figure of a man on horseback atop a stylized lotus flower. The man is dressed in Western attire, with bowler hat, blazer, and buttoned shirt. The piece is painted in bright colors.
The figure is a kokdu, or bier sculpture, one of many surrounding the coffin of the deaceased on the bier or cart (sangyo) used to transport the deceased to their graves. Often brightly colored and whimsical, these figures served as the entourage and protectors of the deceased during the funerary procession. Among the many standard types of figures included was the Guardian, initially a fierce warrior, who transformed over time into a police officer and then into the Western-dressed man seen here. The practice of decorating the bier with figures appears to have been popular in the late Joseon period and possibly into the period of the Japanese occupation.
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Funerary Figure of an Equestrian, late 19th century. Wood, polychrome, 19 × 8 × 3 in. (48.3 × 20.3 × 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Carroll Family Collection, 2021.17.7 (Photo: Image courtesy of The Honorable Joseph P. Carroll and Professor Roberta L. Carroll, M.D., CUR.TL2020.25.11.jpg)
. Image courtesy of The Honorable Joseph P. Carroll and Professor Roberta L. Carroll, M.D., 2020
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