Black lacquer and mother-of-pearl over hemp cloth on wood, brass fitting
late 19th-early 20th century
7 3/16 x 10 7/16 x 6 3/4 in. (18.3 x 26.5 x 17.2 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Karel Wiest
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Lacquer Box, late 19th-early 20th century. Black lacquer and mother-of-pearl over hemp cloth on wood, brass fitting, 7 3/16 x 10 7/16 x 6 3/4 in. (18.3 x 26.5 x 17.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Karel Wiest, 81.59. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 81.59.jpg)
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This box was used to store women's valuables. The scroll pattern and the large peonies are reminiscent of mid-Joseon dynasty styles, but the decorative pattern of the lock, and top handle, and the octagonal taegeuk (yin and yang symbol) motif are typical characteristics of the late nineteenth- to early twentieth-century design. The inside is covered with paper.
From "Korean Art Collection in the Brooklyn Museum" catalogue.
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