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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Dr Charlotte Horlyck



Charlotte Horlyck
Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Lecturer in the History of Korean Art

Centre of Korean Studies

Chair, Centre of Korean Studies

Dr Charlotte Horlyck
Email address:
020 7898 4704
020 7898 4479
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Brunei Gallery
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Office Hours:
Thursdays 11am-12pm (during term time)


Visual and material culture of the Korean peninsula; Pre-modern Korean burial practices, particularly of the Koryŏ period (AD918-1392); Arts of the Koryŏ period, especially bronze mirrors and ceramics; 20th century  collecting of Korean artefacts; Heritage and museum practices; Gender and material culture.


Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Heena Youn, Longquan Ceramic Figural Sculptures in the Song, Yuan and Ming Dynasties
  • Jung-taek Lee, Dress and Fashion in Korea 1876-1945: Hanbok, Yangbok and Colonial Modernity
  • Karin Warch, Causes and Expressions of Humor in Eighteenth-Century Korean Art
  • Luke Houston, "Liberated Zones - Spaces of Art and Desire in New York City 1975-1995" (working title)
  • Marine Cabos, Landscape photography of China's iconic sites (1840s-1949)
  • Radu Leca, The Backward Glance: Concepts of 'outside' and 'other' in the Japanese spatial imaginary of the 17th century
Contributions to departmental team taught courses:
  • Theory and Method in the Study of Asian and African Art 15 490 0104
  • Research Skills Training Course 15 PAR H061

Charlotte also lectures in Korean art on the SOAS Diploma in Asian Arts Course


Pre-modern Korean burial practices, particularly of the Koryŏ period (AD918-1392); Bronzes, especially mirrors, of the Koryŏ period;

Current Research

Dr Horlyck is currently co-editing a volume of Korean mortuary practices and perspectives on death: Death, Mourning, and the Afterlife in Korea: Critical Aspects of Death from Ancient to Contemporary Times. Horlyck, C and Pettid, M. (eds). Hawaii University Press (forthcoming). The volume includes her chapter “Ways of Burial in Koryŏ Times (AD918-1392)” in which she investigates how the dead were disposed of during this period through an examination of largely archaeological material.
During her forthcoming sabbatical (2010/11 Terms 1 and 2), she will continue her research on Koryŏ arts and culture in that she will be rewriting her doctoral thesis on Koryŏ bronze mirrors for book publication. As a recipient of a Korean Foundation Research Fellowship, she will be spending the autumn at Seoul National University.  


Before joining SOAS in 2007 as Lecturer in Korean Art History, Dr Charlotte Horlyck was a Research Fellow at the Academy of Korean Studies in Seoul where she spent six months. During this time she carried out research on Koryŏ period burial customs and she also taught a postgraduate course on Korean material and visual culture. Prior to this and while working on her doctoral thesis, she curated the Korean collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. During this time she carried out rotations in the Korean gallery, conducted research of the objects and she also initiated several Korean events, including a ‘Fashion-in-Motion’ show featuring Chunghie Lee. Her cross-cultural exhibition on mirrors titled 'The Art of Reflection: Mirrors, Messages and Magic' opened at the V&A in 2002. Dr Horlyck frequently travels to South Korea where she participates in conferences and workshops, does research and lectures. This has included teaching courses on Korean art history at Ewha Woman’s University and at Korea University. More recently, she has acted as an academic advisor on a documentary on Kwanghwamun (an important palace gate in Seoul), directed by the award-winning documentary film-maker Dr Howard Reid.

Select Conference papers:
  • 2010: Panel chair of session on cultural heritage in Korea, at workshop ‘Cultural Heritage? In East Asia, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and UEA School of World Art Studies and Museology, Norwich.
  • 2009: ‘Questioning the role(s) of Chinese mirrors in early Korea’, paper presented at symposium ‘Beyond the Surface: Bronze Mirrors from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection in Context’, UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Los Angeles.
  • 2009: 'Looking at the Overlooked – Questioning women’s place in the canon of Korean art history,’ paper presented in a panel titled “Sew, Sing, Dance, Woman,” at AAS (Association of Asian Studies Conference), Chicago.
  • 2008: ‘The Female Artist – A Pre-Modern Paradox?’, symposium titled Placed at the Table: Asian Women Artists and Gender Dynamics, Mills College and UC Berkeley.
  • 2008: ‘Confucian burial practices in the late Koryŏ period’, paper presented at a panel I organised titled 'Continuation and Change in Koryŏ and Chosŏn', Association of Asian Studies Conference (AAS), Atlanta.
  • 2007: ‘Relations between the dead and the living in pre-modern Korea’, paper presented at The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal 8th International Conference in Bath, UK.
  • 2009: ‘The Spread and Assimilation of Chinese Bronze Mirrors in Early Korean Society,’ paper presented at AKSE (Association of Korean Studies) Conference, Leiden.
  • 2007: “From death to interment: questioning cremation in Koryǒ society” to be presented in a panel titled ‘Perceptions of Death in pre-modern Korea,’ Association of Asian Studies Conference, Boston, USA
  • 2006: ‘Purity of thought and emptiness of mind: The placing of mirrors in Korean relic deposits,” at ‘Cultural Interaction with Korea,’ Third World Congress of Korean Studies, Chejudo, South Korea.
Select Invited Talks:
  • 2009: ‘Happy Souls and Anxious Mourners: The Uses of Funeral Figures in Pre-Modern Korea,’ talk presented at the Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University, US.
  • 2009: ‘A Gilded Celadon Stand from the Koryŏ period in the V&A Museum,’ presented at the OCS (Oriental Ceramic Society), London.
  • 2008: ‘Problems in analysing medieval Korean burials’, Bristol Archaeology and Anthropology Society, Bristol University.
  • 2008: ‘Questioning methods of internment in the Koryŏ period,’ EPEL programme at Paris 7 University, Paris.
  • 2008: ‘Current and Future State of Korean Art History Studies in Europe and the US’ workshop on the Field of Korean Studies in Europe organised by ICKS (International Centre for Korean Studies), Korea University, Seoul.
  • 2008: ‘The Role of the Museum Curator and the Education of Korean Arts Abroad,’ presented at (KACES) Korean Arts and Education Service, Seoul.
  • 2007: ‘Happy Souls and Anxious Mourners – A discussion of Korean funeral figurines’, talk presented at Korea Society, New York.
  • 2006: ‘Inside/Out -Reflections on Korean Monastic Architecture’, talk presented at Asia House, London.
Exhibitions curated:
  • 2002: “The Art of Reflection: Mirrors, Messages and Magic,” Exhibition held at the V&A Museum, London.

In 2010/11, Dr Horlyck will be on sabbatical in terms 1 and 2. Having received a Korean Foundation Research Fellowship, she will be spending the autumn at Seoul National University

For additional information on Dr Horlyck’s activities, see the Annual Review of the Centre of Korean Studies: http://www.soas.ac.uk/koreanstudies/annual-review/


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Book Chapters

Horlyck, Charlotte (2011) 'Mirrors inlaid with mother-of-pearl in the Cotsen Collection.' In: Falkenhausen, Lothar von, (ed.), The Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors. Volume II: Studies. Los Angeles: Cotsen Occasional Press, UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, pp. 160-169.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2011) 'Mirrors in Early Korea.' In: Falkenhausen, Lothar von, (ed.), The Lloyd Cotsen Study Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors. Volume II: Studies. Los Angeles: Cotsen Occasional Press, UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Pres, pp. 120-129.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2009) 'The Spread and Assimilation of Chinese Bronze Mirrors in Early Korean Society.' In: DeCeuster, Koen and van den Haak, Martina, (eds.), Proceedings of the Association for Korean Studies in Europe, 24th Biennial Conference. Leiden: Association for Korean Studies in Europe.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2008) 'Looking at the Overlooked: Art by Women and for Women in Pre-Modern Korea.' In: Chinn, Lori, (ed.), The Offering Table. Women Activist Artists from Korea. Oakland, Calif.: Mills College Art Museum, pp. 40-50.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2007) 'Kkoktu – Guides, Guardians and Keepers of the Soul.' In: Frederick, Carriere, (ed.), Korean Funerary Figures: Companions to the Journey to the Other World. New York: The Korea Society, pp. 227-230.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2006) 'Purity of thought and emptiness of mind: The placing of mirrors in Korean relic deposits.' In: Cultural Interaction with Korea: from Silk Road to Korean wave. Proceedings of the World Congress of Korean Studies, vol.2. Seongnam: Academy of Korean Studies, pp. 431-450.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2004) 'Celadons Koryo: el seu desenvolupament, ascension i declivi.' In: Cervera, Isabel, (ed.), L’art de ‘Àsia oriental. Barcelona: Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, pp. 9-20.


Horlyck, Charlotte (2012) 'Gilded Celadon Wares of the Koryo Kingdom (AD 918-1392).' Artibus Asiae, LXXII (1). pp. 91-121.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2011) 'Korean Bronze Mirrors.' TAASA Review, The Journal of the Asian Arts Society of Australia, 20 (3). pp. 11-13.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2010) 'Burial Offerings to Objets d’Art: Celadon Wares of the Koryŏ Kingdom (AD918-1392).' Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, 73 (2008-2009). pp. 79-89.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2010) 'On Celadon Wares of the Goryeo Kingdom.' Story of Korea .

Horlyck, Charlotte (2010) 'Goryeo Metalwork in the British Museum.' Orientations, 41 (8). pp. 69-72.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2008) 'Confucian Burial Practices in the Late Goryeo and Early Joseon Periods.' The Review of Korean Studies, 11 (2). pp. 33-58.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2008) 'Meaningful Commodities – Mirrors, Merchandise and Market Policies in the Koryŏ Period.' International Society for Korean Studies, 12 . pp. 239-257.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2003) 'Colour in Korean Textiles.' Arts of Asia, 33 (2). pp. 110-117.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2002) 'Korean Bronze Mirrors and Their Chinese and Japanese Influences.' Orientations, 33 (9). pp. 48-53.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2001) 'Tracking chronological changes within burials of the Koryŏ period.' Journal of East Asian Archaeology, 3 (3-4). pp. 199-218.

Horlyck, Charlotte (2000) 'Combining the new with the old: collecting contemporary Korean art at the Victoria and Albert Museum.' Korean Journal of Museum Studies, 3 . pp. 130-145.

Horlyck, Charlotte (1999) 'Understanding Korean Ceramics.' Koreana, 13 (4). pp. 4-11.

Book Reviews

Horlyck, Charlotte (2012) 'Korean Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art. By Soyoung Lee and Seung-chang Jeon. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011.' The Journal of Asian Studies, 71 (2). pp. 563-565.

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