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Tassel (Samjak Norigae)

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
Women of the late Joseon wore norigae, or decorative pendants, hanging from the tie of a jacket or skirt. The norigae consisted of tassels hanging from multiple elements that would sway with the woman’s movement and sometimes make a soft jingling noise. This elaborate example has three pendant objects (samjak) that symbolize good fortune and proper wifely behavior. The miniature sword wards off evil. The gourd-shaped vase represents joy and plenty. The object with the smaller pendant elements is a wind chime/noisemaker that farmers would hang in the fields to scare away birds; it too serves to protect the wearer from harm.
MEDIUM Enameled silver pendants with silk cords
  • Place Made: Korea
  • DATES 20th century
    DIMENSIONS Overall length: 13 3/8 in. (34 cm) Scarecrow length: 4 3/4 in. (12 cm) Gourd bottle length: 2 3/8 in. (6 cm) Sword length: 4 in. (10.2 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
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    ACCESSION NUMBER 78.248
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Jacqueline Miller Dunnington
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Tassel (Samjak Norigae), 20th century. Enameled silver pendants with silk cords, Overall length: 13 3/8 in. (34 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Jacqueline Miller Dunnington, 78.248. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 78.248_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 78.248_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2017
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