Stationery box decorated with peony scrolls


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Scholarly men collected and used stationery boxes like this to hold paper and writing implements. A rare example of early Joseon lacquer, the box’s ornate design of peony blossoms and acanthus-like leaves illustrates the expansion of sophisticated Goryeo-dynasty techniques and traditions. Peony blossoms of similar form can be found on inlaid buncheong ware; the stylized acanthus-like leaves are distinctive to this example and to the few other extant boxes of its type, which are nearly identical.

#8507. Stationery Box with Decoration of Peony Scrolls

Stationery box decorated with peony scrolls, Lacquer inlaid with mother-of-pearl; brass fittings, Korea

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