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Table with bird and trees motif
새나무 무늬 작은 상
Place of Origin: Korea
Date: 1700-1800
Historical Period: Joseon dynasty (1392-1910)
Materials: Lacquered wood with inlaid mother-of-pearl
Dimensions: H. 4 5/16 in x W. 19 5/16 in x D. 10 1/4 in, H. 11 cm x W. 49.1 cm x D. 26 cm
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Department: Korean Art
Collection: Decorative Arts
Object Number: 2016.40
On Display: No

Description

Label: The three trees depicted on this table, plum, pine, and bamboo, are called the “Three Friends of Winter” and symbolize the literati’s virtues, especially in the face of hardship. The bird peacefully poised on a plum branch adds poetic sensibility. As this table exemplifies, mother-of-pearl designs became more painterly in the mid-Joseon dynasty. The artisan who created this table utilized various techniques to create the effect. For the trunk and branches of the pine tree, he applied numerous small, irregularly shaped pieces. For the bamboo and thick plum branch, he placed extremely thin strips without leaving any space between the strips. For the pine needles, tiny triangular-shaped pieces were used to express the sharpness of the pine needles.

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Exhibition History: "Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea", Asian Art Museum (04/29/16 - 10/23/16)
Label: The three trees depicted on this table, plum, pine, and bamboo, are called the “Three Friends of Winter” and symbolize the literati’s virtues, especially in the face of hardship. The bird peacefully poised on a plum branch adds poetic sensibility. As this table exemplifies, mother-of-pearl designs became more painterly in the mid-Joseon dynasty. The artisan who created this table utilized various techniques to create the effect. For the trunk and branches of the pine tree, he applied numerous small, irregularly shaped pieces. For the bamboo and thick plum branch, he placed extremely thin strips without leaving any space between the strips. For the pine needles, tiny triangular-shaped pieces were used to express the sharpness of the pine needles.
Exhibition History: "Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea", Asian Art Museum (04/29/16 - 10/23/16)