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For the Other World: Korean Funerary Figures at the Fowler

  • Published Aug 30, 2010 8:15 AM

Festively painted wooden figurines of acrobats, clowns and whimsical, mystical animals may seem incongruous with mourning, but they are important elements in traditional Korean funerary art. Used to adorn funeral biers, they are called kkoktu and reflect the hope that the transition from one world to the next will be joyful and supported by many helpers.

More than 70 dolls from the Ockrang Cultural Foundation of Seoul will be on exhibit at the Fowler Museum from Aug. 22 through Nov. 28, 2010.

Read On Exhibit: Leave Them Smiling in UCLA Magazine.