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Ornamental pendant  (norigae, 노리개) - Samjak norigae (삼작 노리개)
  • Samjak norigae (삼작 노리개)
    Kim, Eun Young, born 1942
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Samjak norigae (삼작 노리개)

  • Object:

    Ornamental pendant (norigae, 노리개)

  • Place of origin:

    Korea (made)

  • Date:

    1991 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kim, Eun Young, born 1942 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Knotted silk (maedeup) with silver and white jade adornments

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This knotted tassel of silk thread consists of a jade butterfly from which three strands hang. Each strand has a butterfly shaped knot, below which is a carved jade bat. Below the bats are more knots and three clusters of braid forming tassels. Called norigae in Korea, knotted tassels are worn with traditional Korean woman's dress, where they are either attached to the jacket tie or the skirt band. They can also be hung on doors, windows, dressers and blind fittings. In addition to jade, also coral, amber, gold and silver are frequently used on tassels.

Physical description

Decorative pendant by Kim Eun-Young consisting of three strands: green, pink and blue. The centre piece is a jade butterfly cased in silver. From it hang three butterfly shaped knots and below them three carved jade bats. Below the bats are more knots, which surmount tassels formed of three clusters of braid.

Place of Origin

Korea (made)


1991 (made)


Kim, Eun Young, born 1942 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Knotted silk (maedeup) with silver and white jade adornments


Height: 39.2 cm

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1992/513.

All the work is hand-done by Madame Kim, including dying the yarn.

Historical context note

See Catalogue for L'art des noeuds maedup, tradition de la parure coréene dans L'oeuvre de Madame Kim Hee-Jin, Paris, Espace Pierre Cardin, 1986. NAL Bibliographic Ref. No.: NC.92.0679. See also register.

See catalogue for Che 10 Hoe Han'guk Maedup Chakp'um Chon (!0th Korean Ornamental Knots Exhibition), Seoul: Han'guk Munye Chinhungwon Misul Hoegwan, 1990

Descriptive line

Ornamental pendant by Kim Eun-Young, knotted silk with silver and jade adornments, Korea, 1991

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

Wilkinson, Liz. Birds, Bats & Butterflies in Korean Art. London: Sun Tree Publishing, Singapore, 1996, pp.110-111.
McKillop, Beth. Korean Art and Design. London: V&A Publications, 1992, p.146, fig.66
Kim Eun-Yang, Uri Nara Maedup, Seoul : Jinhwa Publishing Co., 1989
Turner, J (ed.) The Dictionary of Art Vol.18, London: MacMillan Publishers, 1996, p.380
Kyung-Ja Lee, Norigae: Splendor of the Korean Costume, Seoul: Ewha Womans University Press, 2005
Eun-Young Kim, Kim Eun-Young: A Living National Treasure of Traditional Korean Knots, Seoul Gana Art Publisher: Seoul, 2003
Maedeup, Korean Traditional Knots: Aesthetics of Balance and Symmetry, Museum Member Society of Korea: Seoul, 2004

Labels and date

Knot craft (maedeup, maedŭp, 매듭) pendants like this are worn by women with traditional Korean costume (hanbok, 한복). They are attached to sashes on the jacket or skirt. The shapes of the knots, tassels and jewels are inspired by nature and daily surroundings, and symbolise longevity, fertility and good fortune. Historically, pendants made of expensive materials like jade were used by women of high status. []


Silk thread; Jade; Silver



Subjects depicted

Bats; Butterflies


Textiles; Accessories; Women's clothes; Jewellery


East Asia Collection

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