장생 무늬 화각 상자 조선
Box decorated with auspicious symbols
- Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
- 19th century
- Lacquered wood inlaid with flattened and painted ox horn
- H. 6 in. (15.2 cm); W. 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm); L. 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
- Accession Number:
- 2015.500.3.6a, b
This lacquered wood box is decorated with thin sheets of ox horn painted in bright colors. The technique developed fully in later Joseon lacquer ware, becoming a fashionable art form during this period, alongside lacquer with mother-of-pearl.
Decorative motifs on this piece include animals symbolizing good fortune, longevity, or protection, such as cranes, deer, dragons, phoenixes, and tigers. Similar imagery was also popular on paintings and ceramics during the nineteenth century.