The Ship-jangsaeng Motif
Used in Traditional Arts
More Examples of Classical Usage of the "Symbols of Longevity"
two antique ship-jangsaeng images posted by Yonhap
Beyond paintings, ship-jangsaeng
designs were common in traditional
Korean silk-embroidery, one of the
prominent women's arts.  
Above is
one made in 1900 CE, now in the
Royal Palace Museum collection.
Left is a masterwork by contemporary
artist Ms. Han Sang-su, designated
"Living National Treasure" of classical
(visit her studio in Bukchon).
Right: a page from Jon Carter Covell's
Korea's Cultural Roots (1980, Hollym),
showing a small part of a painting that
she photographed at the Emille Museum.
It is still a wonderful book that was my
own introduction to this motif, and in
general my initial inspiration for all these
years of studying traditional Korean
spiritual culture.  Recommended!
The complete Joseon-Dynasty antique folding-screen painting from Zo Zayong's
Emille Museum, as displayed in the 1970s~90s, is on
this upcoming page.
Ship-jangsaeng and related motifs within the decorative tile-work of the old walls and chimneys of Gyeongbok-gung Palace.
Ship-jangsaeng symbols within an embroidered Buddhist-folkart cloth
Joseon Dynasty Ox-horn-inlay Box
with Ship-jangsaeng symbols
Ship-jangsaeng painting at the head of Queen Myeongsong Min's bed in the
reconstructed Geoncheong-gung sub-palace (part of Gyeongbok-gung Palace, Seoul).