On View: Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
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
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please contact email@example.com
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
front, 1995.184.1_front_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.