1,400-year-old Yin & Yang Taegeuk pattern wood carvings found

Published on June 3rd, 2009 | by Admin


A 1,400-year-old artifact with the Taegeuk pattern has been found in Korea, making it the oldest of its kind in Korean history.

The artifacts were excavated from the Bogam-ri tombs at Naju, South Jeolla Province last year and since then had gone through preservation treatment. The latest discovery predates by 682 years what had been the oldest artifact that held the Taegeuk pattern found at the Gameun Temple site in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province.

The first piece of the pair, which is 19.1 centimeters long and 6.9 centimeters wide, is shaped like a knife and is almost completely intact, while the other is only 10.7 centimeters long and 4.6 centimeters wide and has lost its original form. On the first piece, the Taegeuk pattern is visible, along with another pattern in the shape of a web. The patterns were drawn with a brush using Chinese ink.

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