Tassel (Samjak Norigae)
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.
Enameled silver pendants with silk cords
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)
Gift of Jacqueline Miller Dunnington
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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)
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