This 19th-century painting by Yi Ungnok is in the form of a large screen. It is an excellent example of the Korean painting motif of chaekkori, or scholar’s accoutrements. (The screen is in the collection of the Asian Art Museum.)
Chaekkeori paintings depict items from a scholar’s study. They always include stacks of books, brushes, ink sticks, inkstones, scrolls, and antiquities.
Scholars reading this may wish to post in a comment or e-mail me “chaekkori” paintings or photos of their own studies to extend the tradition into the 21st century.