Fouille de la tombe de la princesse Hwahyŏp (1733-52), époque du Chosŏn

 

A collection of cosmetic cases and tools (right) has been uncovered from an 18th-century tomb located in Namyangju, Gyeonggi. The tomb (left) belonged to Princess Hwahyeop (1733-52) who died at the age of 20 due to measles © Cultural Heritage Administration.

A collection of cosmetic cases and tools (right) has been uncovered from an 18th-century tomb located in Namyangju, Gyeonggi. The tomb (left) belonged to Princess Hwahyeop (1733-52) who died at the age of 20 due to measles © Cultural Heritage Administration.

 

A collection of cosmetic cases and tools has been unearthed from the 18th-century tomb of a princess, named Hwahyeop (n.d.e. 和協翁主), from Korea’s Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), providing a glimpse into the makeup culture of Joseon’s royal court.

Inside the cases are materials which could have been used for makeup, although scientific tests on the substances have yet to take place. According to Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA), an archaeological exploration took place on the tomb located in Namyangju, Gyeonggi last month. Archaeologists found a tombstone, pottery, wooden cases, a bronze mirror and wooden combs, among other things. (By Kim Hyung-Eun)

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Pour en savoir plus sur l’histoire des cosmétiques et les critères de beauté dans la Corée prémoderne, voir le catalogue de l’exposition Parures, fards et onguents dans la Corée ancienne qui a eu lieu au Centre Culturel Coréen à Paris.

YU Seung-hee, Parures, fards et onguents dans la Corée ancienne, traduit par Ariane Perrin, Séoul, Musée du cosmétique Coréana, 2006, 64 pages.

 


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