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Spectacle case - Fish Skin Spectacle Case

Fish Skin Spectacle Case

  • Object:

    Spectacle case

  • Date:

    1900 - 1930 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, sharkskin, shellac

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The inner surface of this spectacle case is made of wood, and the outer surface is wrapped with a green-dyed fish skin. A ring is attached both to the body and the lid, and a string is connected to the ring on the lid.

Physical description

The case is made of wood, hollowed out and covered with sharkskin and shellac (lacquer melted into thin flakes and used as varnish). There is a black draw string attached to the lid to enable the case to be worn attached to the belt. Two narrow brass plates attached to the edge of the lid protect and strengthen the case when opened. There is also a small brass ring attached to the bottom of the container.
A spectacle case would have belonged to a Korean gentleman and would have been attached to his belt along with a tobacco pouch and other personal articles.

Colour: Green


1900 - 1930 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wood, sharkskin, shellac


Length: 17.5 cm, Weight: 6.4 cm, Weight: 6.8 cm Lid

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage. Daejeon: National Research Institue of Cultural Heritage, 2013, p.254.


East Asia Collection

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