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A distinctive art form that developed in the later Joseon was the decoration of household items with reverse-painted panels of oxhorn. The horn is cut thin, flattened, and polished to become nearly transparent. Brightly colored decorations are painted on the back of the panels, which are then adhered, paint-side down, to the body of the piece they will ornament. The paint remains protected under the layer of horn, and the polished surface has a lacquer-like sheen. This sort of exuberant, colorful ware was suitable only for women’s use.
  • Place Made: Korea
  • DATES 19th century
    DYNASTY Joseon Dynasty
    DIMENSIONS 3 1/8 x 2 3/4 x 1 in. (7.9 x 7 x 2.5 cm) Diameter at mouth: 3/8 in. (1 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Bottle, 19th century. Horn, 3 1/8 x 2 3/4 x 1 in. (7.9 x 7 x 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X716. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CONS.X716_2015_xr_view2.jpg)
    IMAGE x-ray, x-radiograph (digital), CONS.X716_2015_xr_view2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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