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장생 무늬 화각 상자 조선
長生文華角箱子 朝鮮
Box decorated with auspicious symbols

Period:
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
Korea
Medium:
Lacquered wood inlaid with flattened and painted ox horn
Dimensions:
H. 6 in. (15.2 cm); W. 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm); L. 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.3.6a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 233
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.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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