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Table with phoenix motif
봉황 무늬 상
Place of Origin: Korea
Date: 1850-1910
Historical Period: Joseon dynasty (1392-1910)
Object Name: Furniture
Materials: Lacquered wood with inlaid mother-of-pearl, ray skin, and metal wire
Dimensions: H.15 3/4 in x W. 25 1/8 in x D. 25 3/8 in, H. 40.0 cm x W. 63.8 cm x D. 64.5 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Patricia Anloff
Department: Korean Art
Collection: Decorative Arts
Object Number: 2012.99
On Display: No

Description

Label: The surface of this table is decorated with two phoenixes opposite one another, amidst clouds. The phoenixes face the yin and yang motif at the center of the table. A combination of dyed ray skin and inlaid mother-of-pearl decorates the bodies of these mythical birds. The use of dyed ray skin and sprinkled gold and brass powder was the trend in lacquerware during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The choice of the phoenix coupled with the yin and yang motif related to nobility suggests that someone belonging to the royal household originally owned this table.

Conservation of this work is made possible by the Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation.

More Information

Exhibition History: "Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea", Asian Art Museum (04/29/16 - 10/23/16)
Label: The surface of this table is decorated with two phoenixes opposite one another, amidst clouds. The phoenixes face the yin and yang motif at the center of the table. A combination of dyed ray skin and inlaid mother-of-pearl decorates the bodies of these mythical birds. The use of dyed ray skin and sprinkled gold and brass powder was the trend in lacquerware during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The choice of the phoenix coupled with the yin and yang motif related to nobility suggests that someone belonging to the royal household originally owned this table.

Conservation of this work is made possible by the Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation.
Exhibition History: "Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea", Asian Art Museum (04/29/16 - 10/23/16)