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Tiered box - Side-dish Lacquer Box with Peony and Scroll Design Inlaid with Mother-of-Pearl
  • Side-dish Lacquer Box with Peony and Scroll Design Inlaid with Mother-of-Pearl
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Side-dish Lacquer Box with Peony and Scroll Design Inlaid with Mother-of-Pearl

  • Object:

    Tiered box

  • Place of origin:

    Korea (made)

  • Date:

    1550-1599 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lacquered wood and shell.
    Korean inlaid lacquer (najeon chilgi 나전칠기) , filing technique (jureumjil 줄음질)
    The object has a coat of shellac that gives it a yellow-brown tint.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. A.L.B. Ashton

  • Museum number:

    W.43:1-1938

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a five-tiered box used to store side dishes. The surface of the box was covered with hemp before being lacquered and decorated with mother-of- pearl inlay. The lid and the four sides of each tier are adorned with peony scrolls including full-bloomed flower heads, acanthus leaves, and vines. They are inlaid in mosaics of thin strips of mother-of-pearl for the vine and in mother-of-pearl cut- outs for the flowers and leaves with details of peony flowers expressed in incised lines. The inside of the lid is embellished with orchid flowers and leaves. Decorations on the rim of each tier and on the four sides of the lid are made with broken pieces of mother-of- pearl. The height of each of the tiers decreases towards the top, and each tier has short legs to make the upper plate stable.

Place of Origin

Korea (made)

Date

1550-1599 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Lacquered wood and shell.
Korean inlaid lacquer (najeon chilgi 나전칠기) , filing technique (jureumjil 줄음질)
The object has a coat of shellac that gives it a yellow-brown tint.

Dimensions

Length: 26.2 cm, Width: 16.2 cm, Height: 20.4 cm

Descriptive line

Woo, Korea, vess/cont/holders, lacquer

Woo, Korea, vess/cont/holders, lacquer

Woo, Korea, vess/cont/holders, lacquer

Woo, Korea, vess/cont/holders, lacquer

Woo, Korea, vess/cont/holders, lacquer

Woo, Korea, vess/cont/holders, lacquer

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

Garner, Harry (1979) Chinese Lacquer, London-Boston: Faber and Faber, p. 234, pl. 180, 181

National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage. Daejeon: National Research Institue of Cultural Heritage, 2013, p.240.
Kim, Rosalie and Melchar, Dana. 'Conservation of Korean Najeon Chilgi at the Victoria and Albert Museum: Reviving the long-lost lustre'. Arts of Asia, vol. 47, no. 5, 2017: 63-71.

Materials

Mother of pearl; Lacquer

Techniques

Inlaid

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Acanthus; Peony

Collection

East Asia Collection

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