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Box with grapevine motif
포도 무늬 상자
Place of Origin: Korea
Date: 1700-1800
Historical Period: Joseon dynasty (1392-1910)
Materials: Lacquered wood with inlaid mother-of-pearl and metal fittings
Dimensions: H. 4 1/2 in x W. 19 1/2 in x D. 12 1/2 in, H. 11.4 cm x W. 49.5 cm x D. 31.7 cm
Credit Line: Acquisition made possible by the Connoisseurs' Council, Korean Art and Culture Committee and Dr. and Mrs. David Buchanan
Department: Korean Art
Collection: Decorative Arts
Object Number: 1997.3
On Display: No

Description

Label: Grapes and grapevines were a popular subject in Joseon dynasty art, not only in lacquerware, but also in paintings, ceramics, metalworks, and textiles—they were even used to decorate women’s skirts. This fruit of foreign origin with many clusters was a symbol of fertility and a wish to conceive many sons—this is the reason why grapevines were often associated with boys in paintings and ceramic decorations produced during the Joseon dynasty. There are some painting examples with grapevine and squirrel motifs, but it is rare to have grapevines with squirrels on lacquerware, as in this work. Because of their diligent and productive nature, squirrels were often believed to bring good fortune and fertility; the combination of squirrels and grapevines together can simply mean a wish for many offspring in the family.

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Exhibition History: "Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea", Asian Art Museum (04/29/16 - 10/23/16)
Label: Grapes and grapevines were a popular subject in Joseon dynasty art, not only in lacquerware, but also in paintings, ceramics, metalworks, and textiles—they were even used to decorate women’s skirts. This fruit of foreign origin with many clusters was a symbol of fertility and a wish to conceive many sons—this is the reason why grapevines were often associated with boys in paintings and ceramic decorations produced during the Joseon dynasty. There are some painting examples with grapevine and squirrel motifs, but it is rare to have grapevines with squirrels on lacquerware, as in this work. Because of their diligent and productive nature, squirrels were often believed to bring good fortune and fertility; the combination of squirrels and grapevines together can simply mean a wish for many offspring in the family.
Exhibition History: "Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea", Asian Art Museum (04/29/16 - 10/23/16)