Heungbang Hwang-shi of Jima Seon-Guk (Korean) Picture

A concept drawing of Korean Woman Warrior as part of the Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Revisited which aims to portray Women Warriors of various cultures in a fictitious historical settings based on AD 800s - AD 1400s era of warfare. She represents the Kingdom of Goryeo, which corresponds to the height of Medieval Korean Kingdom between 10th - 14th century, whose name is the base in which the term/word "Korea" is derived from.

Inspired by the music: MUSA OST A fight for Our Motherland


We know Korea today as a Dual identity, where the South prosper under the economic boom and , while the North still lived in their communist totalitarian past. Though, long before that, the Korean Peninsula was home to many several independent kingdoms vying to gain power and control over the peninsula. Due to it's geographic location, the Korean people enjoyed many cultural exchange and influence from China, Japan and Manchuria, though in reality, it meant that the Korean had always been a target for invasion by their hungry neighbors. Much like how Italy was contested by various European Powers, Korea was contested by the Chinese, Manchurian, Mongols and the Japanese. Nevertheless, in most of the middle ages, they maintained their semi-independent rule of the realm as one of China's tributary state and vassals.


This drawing depicts Heungbang of the House of Hwang, a female Korean Warrior, in a highly stylized and anachronistic korean lamellar armor. The design of the armor itself is derived form the earlier bronze lamellar armor used by the Gaya confederacy somewhere circa somewhere in between 1st - 6th century AD, but the one depicted here incorporates a much more modern iron construction, similar to those employed by the Chinese, with the exception of the tall helmet and also lamellar neck guard. The more accurate version would be that which is worn by her elite retainers marching behind, such as plated chainmail or brigandine/padded cloth. As for the helmet, it's similar to that worn by the hunnic people, or by the "barbarians" during the great migration, such as the Avars/Ostrogoth which probably had a common origin. These types of armor would have been considerably expensive at that time, with an equivalent price to that of annual earnings from 5 - 10 villages of decent size.

Probably one of the most inaccurate and anachronistic drawing I've ever made on women warriors as Traditional Historical Korean Society was highly male-dominated with little or no records of women taking part in military activities.


Developed from the original concept Hwang Sisters of Jima, Her descendant in 16th-17th century Aerye Hwang-Shi (Armored) of Jima Seon-Guk

Maybe related to the these women warriors:

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