November 6, 2011

Collection Name: bill lockhart Collection

Collection Number: 733

Post Type: Kite object or Accessory

This item was entered by Matthew Sutton. They assume full responsibility for all content.

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Length: 0.00

Height: 6.59

Width: 5.22


Limited production, commercial korean fighter kite, also called a shield kite, "Bangpae yeon." Printed mulberry paper sail and (5) bamboo spars. The shield kite is always in the strict proportion of two by three and has a circular hole in the center, with a diameter half the width of the kite. the hole functions as an efficient air control device. Four of the five bamboo spars - one vertical, two diagonal, and one horizontal intersect at the hole. A line is tied to the fifth spar, across the top of the sail, and is tensioned to give the kite its convex face.

Blue stripe along the bottom with two birds sitting together. This kite may be considered a "Jebi Yeon" with a swallow motif - swallows deliver good fortune. korean national symbol at top in blue and red. Signed on the lower left side of the kite.

Kite Type: Flat

Materials: Bamboo, Paper

Significance: Cultural

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