Box with Decoration of Auspicious Symbols
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
Painted wood inlaid with flattened ox horn
H. 6 in. (15.2 cm); W. 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm); L. 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm)
Promised Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving
Not on view
To decorate this box, sheets of ox horn were flattened and painted in bright colors with auspicious symbols—cranes, tigers, phoenixes, and deer—then attached to the wood with the painted surfaces facing down. This technique was ordinarily reserved for small objects, such as containers for jewelry, sewing materials, toiletries, and other personal belongings.
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