Organized Panel Session
Goguryeo, the ancient kingdom of Korea, provides inspiring insight into unknown and unexpected aspects of early Korean art and archaeology in the much broader context of not only East Asia but also Eurasia. Two major scholars in the United States will present papers on Buddhist architecture and wall painting of Goguryeo with the most up-to-date archaeological excavation evidence to redefine our view of Goguryeo art and architecture. The first paper will present Goguryeo Buddhist monastery architecture in comparison to newly discovered Northern Wei architecture in Datong, Shanxi, China, to seek Chinese sources of Goguryeo architecture. The second paper will propose connections between Goguryeo wall paintings and murals in Dura Europos, a site that spanned the Hellenistic period to ca. 250 CE in Syria to explore the transmission of style and subject matter along the Silk Roads. This ground-breaking paper will further open discussion of the relations between early Christian architecture and painting programs and Korea. The third paper extends the discussion of Goguryeo’s extraordinary international perspective to the Steppe Route, transversing today’s Mongolia, to consider new understandings of the Korean envoy mural in Afrasiab, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, the close relation with the Turk Empire, as well as connection between Sogdians and the Western and the Eastern Turk Khaganates using stone sculpture and newly-excavated ritual complexes. Finally, the last paper will examine the Goguryeo loom structure based on images of looms in murals to understand textile production in Goguryeo by comparing Han-Wei China’s looms.