Shim Jae-hui (Korean)
MediumInk on paper
DimensionsSheet : 22 1/2 x 22 5/8 in. (57.15 x 57.47 cm)
Credit LineGift of Dick '52 and Ruth '52 Nieusma
LabelThe text of this calligraphic inscription is Psalm 23, which begins “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” It is written in the Korean alphabetic script called hangul that was developed in the middle of the 15th century as part of an effort to increase literacy. Christianity was first introduced into Korea in the 17th century, but struggled to gain a foothold in Korean culture until the 20th century. The efforts of Christian missionaries to help re-build Korea after the devastating years of Japanese occupation (1910-1945) and the Korean War (1950-1953) won many converts in South Korea, where about 30 percent of the population now identifies as Christian.