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Table with fish motif
물고기 무늬 밥상
Place of Origin: Korea
Date: 1700-1850
Historical Period: Joseon dynasty (1392-1910)
Materials: Lacquered wood with inlaid mother-of-pearl
Dimensions: H. 8 1/4 in x W. 13 3/4 in x D. 11 7/16 in, H. 21 cm x W. 34.9 cm x D. 29.1 cm
Credit Line: Acquisition made possible by Korean Art and Culture Committee
Department: Korean Art
Collection: Decorative Arts
Object Number: 2016.38
On Display: No

Description

Label:

Fish are one of the most popular subjects in East Asian art, as they symbolize career achievements. Fish were frequently depicted in paintings or on the surfaces of ceramics and craftworks during the Joseon dynasty. This rectangular table is for a single person. In traditional Korean society, which was strongly influenced by Confucianism, the male and female realms were strictly separated, even in daily life. Men and women had their meals separately; thus each adult had his or her own small table.

The two table legs connected with a bar on the bottom and bars under the top are a common feature of tables made in Tongyeong, a coastal city in the South Gyeongsang province, famous for producing mother-of-pearl lacquerware.


More Information

Exhibition History: "Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea", Asian Art Museum (04/29/16 - 10/23/16)
Label:

Fish are one of the most popular subjects in East Asian art, as they symbolize career achievements. Fish were frequently depicted in paintings or on the surfaces of ceramics and craftworks during the Joseon dynasty. This rectangular table is for a single person. In traditional Korean society, which was strongly influenced by Confucianism, the male and female realms were strictly separated, even in daily life. Men and women had their meals separately; thus each adult had his or her own small table.

The two table legs connected with a bar on the bottom and bars under the top are a common feature of tables made in Tongyeong, a coastal city in the South Gyeongsang province, famous for producing mother-of-pearl lacquerware.


Exhibition History: "Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea", Asian Art Museum (04/29/16 - 10/23/16)