Nine Cloud Dream, approx. 1800-1900

From Corporeal Politics: Dancing East Asia by Katherine Mezur and Emily Wilcox, Editors

  • Asian Studies
  • Theater and Performance
  • Dance
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  • Fig. 1.2. Nine cloud dream (gu’unmong), approx. 1800–1900, Detail. Korea; Joseon dynasty (1392–1910). Ink and colors on paper. Photo © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Acquisition made possible in part by the Korean Art and Culture Committee, 1997.21. This detail of a salon dancer accompanied by female musicians aptly illustrates the circulation of ideas and images throughout East Asia. The screen depicts scenes from the famous 17th century Korean novel Nine Cloud Dream, which is itself set in Tang dynasty China and centers on the conflict between Buddhist and Confucian values. Available at