Symbolism & Simplicity contains a fine selection of Korean literati paintings and porcelain from the outstanding collection of Dr. Won-Kyung Cho. The paintings and porcelains illustrated in this book reflect the dynamism and the search for harmony that underlie Korean culture. The refinement and formal symbolism of these aristocratic arts also typify the strict Confucianist society that has evolved in Korea since the 16th century.
Ken Vos is presently curator of the Japanese and Korean department at Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde (National Museum of Ethnology) in Leiden, The Netherlands. Mr. Vos received his education at the University of Leiden in Japanese and Korean Sociology. He has published on the subject of Dutch-Japanese relations and on the arts of Korea and Japan.