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Journal of Ginseng Culture 2021; 3(1): 38-53

Published online March 2, 2021

https://doi.org/10.23076/jgc.2021.3.038

© Korean Society of Gingseng

18세기 대영박물관에 전시된 인삼: 입수 경로와 당대의 반응

설혜심

연세대 사학과

Received: December 6, 2020; Revised: December 15, 2020; Accepted: December 15, 2020

Ginseng Exhibit ofthe British Museum in the Eighteenth Century: Obtaining Route and Responses ofthe Contemporaries

Sul, Heasim

Department of History, Yonsei University

Correspondence to :
Professor,DepartmentofHistory,YonseiUniverisity
E-mail: snowlove@yonsei.ac.kr

Received: December 6, 2020; Revised: December 15, 2020; Accepted: December 15, 2020

This is an Open Access journal distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits unrestricted noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This research uncovered that the world-renowned British Museum has displayed ginseng as part of notable exhibitssince its opening. The British Museum was established in 1753 upon the bequest of Sir Hans Sloane, a famous physician, scientist, and collector. At the heart of his collections was the vast amount of vegetable substance specimens. This study first reconstructed Sloane's collection activities in the context of British Imperialism and botanical science in the early modern period. It then traced the origins and routes by which four ginseng specimens were obtained: Radix Ginseng or ninzin from China (VS 532), Ginseng. Id (VS 8,198), the roots and seeds of ginseng (VS 7,825), and ginseng root (VS 12,140). These specimens were presumed to originate from one type of Korean ginseng from China, a Japanese ginseng variant from Japan, and two ginseng species from North America. The English public learned about ginseng and ginseng exhibits via a flourishing printing culture. In England, Korean ginseng was appreciated much more highly than American ginseng.

Keywords: Ginseng , The British Museum , Hans Sloane , Vegetable Substances Specimens , Collecting , The British Museum Act , The Public Sphere

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Research Article

Journal of Ginseng Culture 2021; 3(1): 38-53

Published online March 2, 2021 https://doi.org/10.23076/jgc.2021.3.038

Copyright © Korean Society of Gingseng.

18세기 대영박물관에 전시된 인삼: 입수 경로와 당대의 반응

설혜심

연세대 사학과

Received: December 6, 2020; Revised: December 15, 2020; Accepted: December 15, 2020

Ginseng Exhibit ofthe British Museum in the Eighteenth Century: Obtaining Route and Responses ofthe Contemporaries

Sul, Heasim

Department of History, Yonsei University

Correspondence to:Professor,DepartmentofHistory,YonseiUniverisity
E-mail: snowlove@yonsei.ac.kr

Received: December 6, 2020; Revised: December 15, 2020; Accepted: December 15, 2020

This is an Open Access journal distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits unrestricted noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This research uncovered that the world-renowned British Museum has displayed ginseng as part of notable exhibitssince its opening. The British Museum was established in 1753 upon the bequest of Sir Hans Sloane, a famous physician, scientist, and collector. At the heart of his collections was the vast amount of vegetable substance specimens. This study first reconstructed Sloane's collection activities in the context of British Imperialism and botanical science in the early modern period. It then traced the origins and routes by which four ginseng specimens were obtained: Radix Ginseng or ninzin from China (VS 532), Ginseng. Id (VS 8,198), the roots and seeds of ginseng (VS 7,825), and ginseng root (VS 12,140). These specimens were presumed to originate from one type of Korean ginseng from China, a Japanese ginseng variant from Japan, and two ginseng species from North America. The English public learned about ginseng and ginseng exhibits via a flourishing printing culture. In England, Korean ginseng was appreciated much more highly than American ginseng.

Keywords: Ginseng , The British Museum , Hans Sloane , Vegetable Substances Specimens , Collecting , The British Museum Act , The Public Sphere

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