The Donated Works section displays treasures that have been generously donated to
the museum by individual collectors, including exquisite examples of painting,
ceramics, sculpture, lacquer ware, metal arts, tiles, and more.
Dr. Park Young-sook (b. 1932), who worked as a dentist, amassed an impressive collection of traditional household objects, preserving the boudoir culture which flourished during the Joseon Dynasty. Along with her husband, Huh Dong-hwa, the president of the
Most of her donations are items which were used by women in the main room of the house, including a number of dadeumitdol or “fulling blocks,” indicating her special interest and affection for them. Dadeumi or “fulling mallets” were used to beat cloth that was stretched over a block, in order to make it smoother and softer. Fulling is part of the traditional culture of
Dr. Park’s donated items are splendid examples of tools that were regularly used by people in the past to make, trim, and maintain their clothes. Moreover, they allow us to recall the love and devotion of a mother’s earnest efforts to care for her family.