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Sewing box - Stackable Sewing Boxes (Jijang Samhap), 지장삼합
  • Stackable Sewing Boxes (Jijang Samhap), 지장삼합
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Stackable Sewing Boxes (Jijang Samhap), 지장삼합

  • Object:

    Sewing box

  • Place of origin:

    Korea (made)

  • Date:

    1850 - 1950 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Korea was renowned for its paper making during the Choson period, 1392-1910. The durability and strength of Korean paper combined to produce brightly coloured containers for use in the women's quarters of the house. Boxes for needlework were often decorated with butterflies, bats and the t'aeguk mark. This design of circled commas suggests the dynamic harmony of the universe. The decoration formed a talisman to prevent misfortune and ensure happiness.

Physical description

The smallest of a set of three sewing boxes which have paper cut-outs glued on to a paper and bamboo frames. The decoration is of green, yellow, red and blue triangles with central t'aeguk and butterfly motifs.

Colour: Multi-coloured

Place of Origin

Korea (made)


1850 - 1950 (made)




Height: 11.3 cm, Width: 41 cm, Depth: 24.5 cm

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

Liz Wilkinson. Birds, Bats & Butterflies in Korean Art. London: Sun Tree Publishing, Singapore, 1996, 7879.


Paper; Bamboo


Varnished; Glued




East Asia Collection

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