During the Choson period (1392-1910), portraiture was a popular painting genre. Families used these painted images in their ancestor-worship rites. Portraits of kings and their loyal retainers were also commissioned. This imposing figure was probably a court official, since he wears a black-lacquered horsehair cap and a lavishly embroidered panel appears on his robe. The appearance of both hands--a rare feature in offical Korean portraiture--adds a note of individuality.