Online Collection

Collections



Asian Art Museum Logo
Small chest with peach and crane motif
복숭아학 무늬 벼루상자
Place of Origin: Korea
Date: 1800-1900
Historical Period: Joseon dynasty (1392-1910)
Materials: Lacquered wood with inlaid mother-of-pearl
Dimensions: H. 11 5/8 in x W. 11 3/4 in x L. 17 1/2 in
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Korean Art
Collection: Decorative Arts
Object Number: B62M18.a-.d
On Display: No

Description

Label:

The main motifs of this chest are cranes and peaches. The combination of the two often appears on painted screens. In traditional East Asian culture, there was a special peach associated with long life that could be found in the immortal world. Combined with cranes, the image is highly auspicious.

This box was used as a chest to store scholarly objects such as brushes, ink, and inkstones; along with paper, these four are essential items for scholars, thus called the “Four Friends of a Scholar.” Such items were so precious to scholars that they were encased in these beautiful mother-of-pearl lacquer boxes, designed with highly sophisticated techniques.


More Information

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

The main motifs of this chest are cranes and peaches. The combination of the two often appears on painted screens. In traditional East Asian culture, there was a special peach associated with long life that could be found in the immortal world. Combined with cranes, the image is highly auspicious.

This box was used as a chest to store scholarly objects such as brushes, ink, and inkstones; along with paper, these four are essential items for scholars, thus called the “Four Friends of a Scholar.” Such items were so precious to scholars that they were encased in these beautiful mother-of-pearl lacquer boxes, designed with highly sophisticated techniques.


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