Box with fish motifs 자개반짇고리 - ROM2005_3739_1


Box with fish motifs 자개반짇고리

Medium:Lacquered wood with mother of peral inlay
Geography: Korea
Date: 19th-early 20th Century
Period: Joseon Dynasty
8.8 × 33.6 cm
Object number: 971.415
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. George G. R. Harris
On view
Gallery Location:Gallery of Korea
DescriptionTrays such as this would have held sewing equipment and were kept in the woman's room, or anbang, in domestic architecture. The so-called seven friends of a woman comprised needles, thread, thimbles, scissors, a smaller and larger iron for pressing, and a measuring rule. This tray depicts blossoming prunus extending over an underwater scene with fish on the interior bottom, fruit or floral sprays on the interior sides, and the fungus of immortality alternating with stylized Chinese seal-script graphs for "happiness" and "long life" on the exterior sides. Usually the wooden base of such trays is lacquered, but on this piece lacquer has been applied to joined layers of paper that form the thin sides and bottom.
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