Trefoil-shaped covered box with decoration of chrysanthemums

Period: Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

Date: ca.12th century

Culture: Korea

Medium: Lacquer inlaid with mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell over pigment; brass wire

Dimensions: H. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm); L. 4 in. (10.2 cm); D. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)

Classification: Lacquer

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1925

Accession Number: 25.215.41a, b


Lacquer, celadon, or bronze ensembles composed of four trefoil boxes surrounding a larger round or flower-shaped box served as containers for cosmetics or incense. Very few Goreyo-period lacquer boxes with mother-of-pearl inlay have survived; this is a particularly fine example.