Recording State Rites in Words and Images

Uigwe of Joseon Korea

Yi Song-mi
Recording State Rites in Words and Images
Published in 2024 by P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art, Princeton University, in association with Princeton University Press
Cloth  |  9780691973906
556 pp.  |  11 × 7.5

Recording State Rites in Words and Images provides an engaging and in-depth exploration of the large corpus of court statutes compiled during the Joseon dynasty of Korea. The term uigwe, commonly translated as “royal protocols,” is the name given to the collection of nearly four thousand books that were commissioned and written to document the customs, rituals, rules, protocols, and ceremonial practices of the Joseon dynasty. In this generously illustrated book, Yi Song-mi introduces readers to the rich and varied documentary tradition embodied in the uigwe, sharing invaluable insights into time-honored court customs through text and images and analyzing changes in ritual practice over time.

The first comprehensive study of its kind in English, Recording State Rites in Words and Images presents groundbreaking research that opens a window on Korean history and art and will serve as an inspiration to students, scholars, and anyone interested in topics such as dynastic customs, court artists, and bookmaking.