Kyung Suk Park Korean

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 233

The gyobanggo is a drum used in court rituals and banquets. The drum is suspended horizontally within a wooden frame and is played with mallets. Once used in processions, the gyobanggo, was supported by two crossed poles carried by four people. Today it is featured in a traditional court dance (mugo). The instrument was built by Kyung Suk Park is known as No. 63 National Treasure.

Description: Cylindrical drum suspended horizontally by four hooks within a square wood stand formed by four vertical arms with lotus finials and two horizontal arms; two skin heads attached to drum body by concealed nails and large decorative metal tacks spaced evenly around circumference; red, yellow, and blue painted triple helix and decorative borders on each head; canvas covered body with two yellow and blue painted dragons; two wood sticks, each with red handle and bulbous tip with crocheted string cover. (J. Kenneth Moore, 1982)

Kyobanggo, Kyung Suk Park, Wood, canvas, metal, Korean

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