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Lantern with "The Eight Symbols" (Palguae) Decorations

Asian Art

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.
MEDIUM Wood, bamboo, paper, lacquer, metal
  • Place Made: Korea
  • DATES 19th century
    DYNASTY Joseon Dynasty
    DIMENSIONS 13 9/16 x 5 1/4 in. (34.5 x 13.3 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
    CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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: , X1133_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, X1133_PS11.jpg., 2017
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