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Garment box with peony motif
모란무늬 옷상자
Place of Origin: Korea
Date: approx. 1700-1800
Historical Period: Joseon dynasty (1392-1910)
Materials: Lacquer on wood with inlaid mother-of-pearl
Dimensions: H. 7 3/4 in x W. 19 in x D. 33 1/4 in, H. 19.7 cm x W. 48.3 cm x D. 84.5 cm
Credit Line: Acquisition made possible by the Koret Foundation with additional funding from Korean Art and Culture Committee and Ms. Yoshie Naumann
Department: Korean Art
Collection: Decorative Arts
Object Number: 2003.28.a-.b
On Display: Yes
Location: Hambrecht Gallery

Description

Label: This large box with a peony design was used to store robes—most likely wedding costumes or official robes. Korean robes in that era were folded and stored individually in boxes. Certain properties of lacquer repel insects and control humidity; thus, lacquer boxes were ideal choices for storing garments. Separate lacquer boxes were used to store hats, belts, and shoes.

More Information

Exhibition History: "Korean Art Collections in the United States", National Museum of Korea, June 4-August 5, 2012

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

"Couture Korea", Asian Art Museum, 11/3/2017-2/4/2018
Label: This large box with a peony design was used to store robes—most likely wedding costumes or official robes. Korean robes in that era were folded and stored individually in boxes. Certain properties of lacquer repel insects and control humidity; thus, lacquer boxes were ideal choices for storing garments. Separate lacquer boxes were used to store hats, belts, and shoes.
Exhibition History: "Korean Art Collections in the United States", National Museum of Korea, June 4-August 5, 2012

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

"Couture Korea", Asian Art Museum, 11/3/2017-2/4/2018