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Box with chrysanthemum motif
국화 무늬 상자
Place of Origin: Korea
Date: 1700-1800
Historical Period: Joseon dynasty (1392-1910)
Materials: Lacquer on wood with inlaid mother-of-pearl and metal wire, and metal fittings
Dimensions: H. 6 11/16 in x W. 6 5/16 in x D. 5 5/16 in, H. 17 cm x W. 16 cm x D. 13.5 cm
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Department: Korean Art
Collection: Decorative Arts
Object Number: 2016.43.a-.g
On Display: Yes
Location: Gallery 22

Description

Label: This box from the Joseon dynasty makes an interesting comparison with the trefoil-shaped covered box from the Goryeo dynasty displayed in this case. The two boxes have similar decorative motifs—chrysanthemums—but the techniques and approaches to the materials, especially mother-of-pearl, are different. In this Joseon-dynasty work, mother-of-pearl is the main design material; most of the areas within the flowers and leaves are solely inlaid with mother-of-pearl. In contrast, on the trefoil-shaped covered box, Goryeo artisans included other materials, such as tortoiseshell painted on the reverse. The use of metal wire was confined to the branches in the Joseon dynasty box, unlike most Goryeo lacquerwares. While Goryeo mother-of-pearl lacquerwares were adorned with densely patterned decorative motifs, Joseon lacquerware motifs became more sparsely patterned, more naturalistic, and surrounded by negative space. Joseon artisans put more emphasis on highlighting the distinct characteristics of the raw material, mother-of-pearl.

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Exhibition History: "Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea", Asian Art Museum (04/29/16 - 10/23/16)
Label: This box from the Joseon dynasty makes an interesting comparison with the trefoil-shaped covered box from the Goryeo dynasty displayed in this case. The two boxes have similar decorative motifs—chrysanthemums—but the techniques and approaches to the materials, especially mother-of-pearl, are different. In this Joseon-dynasty work, mother-of-pearl is the main design material; most of the areas within the flowers and leaves are solely inlaid with mother-of-pearl. In contrast, on the trefoil-shaped covered box, Goryeo artisans included other materials, such as tortoiseshell painted on the reverse. The use of metal wire was confined to the branches in the Joseon dynasty box, unlike most Goryeo lacquerwares. While Goryeo mother-of-pearl lacquerwares were adorned with densely patterned decorative motifs, Joseon lacquerware motifs became more sparsely patterned, more naturalistic, and surrounded by negative space. Joseon artisans put more emphasis on highlighting the distinct characteristics of the raw material, mother-of-pearl.
Exhibition History: "Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea", Asian Art Museum (04/29/16 - 10/23/16)