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.
Wood, brass fittings, back-painted ox horn panels
late 19th-early 20th century
4 15/16 x 16 9/16 x 4 7/16 in. (12.5 x 42 x 11.2 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John P. Lyden
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Box, late 19th-early 20th century. Wood, brass fittings, back-painted ox horn panels, 4 15/16 x 16 9/16 x 4 7/16 in. (12.5 x 42 x 11.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John P. Lyden, 1995.184.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1995.184.1_front_PS11.jpg)
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