Lantern with "The Eight Symbols" (Palguae) Decorations
On View: Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
Lanterns such as this one were used like flashlights in Korea’s large palace compounds. A metal swing inside the laminated shade held a lit candle erect even as the lantern swayed. Night guards would patrol the grounds carrying the lanterns with the handle up so the light of the candle was cast downward, illuminating the path but not disturbing the palace residents.
Wood, bamboo, paper, lacquer, metal
13 9/16 x 5 1/4 in. (34.5 x 13.3 cm) (show scale)
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Lantern with "The Eight Symbols" (Palguae) Decorations, 19th century. Wood, bamboo, paper, lacquer, metal, 13 9/16 x 5 1/4 in. (34.5 x 13.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X1133. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, X1133_PS11.jpg)
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