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Box with dragon and phoenix motif
용∙봉황 무늬 상자
Place of Origin: Korea
Date: 1800-1900
Historical Period: Joseon dynasty (1392-1910)
Materials: Lacquered wood with inlaid mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell, ray skin, and metal wire
Dimensions: H. 10 in x W. 12 1/2 in x L. 24 in
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Korean Art
Collection: Decorative Arts
Object Number: B60M18+
On Display: No

Description

Label: The masterful integration of distinctive materials on this box exemplifies late nineteenthcentury Korean lacquerware, both artistically and technically. The twisted wires outlining the forms of the dragon and phoenix, and the combination of tortoiseshell and ray skin, create a rich texture enhanced by the sprinkled gold and brass powders on the background. The artisan creatively uses mother-of-pearl to depict the eyes of the dragon and phoenix. The tail of the phoenix and writhing body of the dragon disappear over the edges, blending with the sharp geometric contours of the box, almost bringing the inanimate figures to life.

More Information

Exhibition History: "Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea", Asian Art Museum (04/29/16 - 10/23/16)
Label: The masterful integration of distinctive materials on this box exemplifies late nineteenthcentury Korean lacquerware, both artistically and technically. The twisted wires outlining the forms of the dragon and phoenix, and the combination of tortoiseshell and ray skin, create a rich texture enhanced by the sprinkled gold and brass powders on the background. The artisan creatively uses mother-of-pearl to depict the eyes of the dragon and phoenix. The tail of the phoenix and writhing body of the dragon disappear over the edges, blending with the sharp geometric contours of the box, almost bringing the inanimate figures to life.
Exhibition History: "Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea", Asian Art Museum (04/29/16 - 10/23/16)