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Clothing Box (Sangja)

19th century

200(H) x 100(W) x 100(D)

This box made in combination of mother of pearl, tortoiseshell, brass wires with sloping edges of the top evoke association with masterly lacquer techniques of the Goryo periods, suggesting that the box dates from nineteenth century when a fashion for reviving elements of design from previous era. Vividly rendered peonies dominate all sides while blooms are constructed with some regularity and specific Korean technique of artificial fracturing (tachalbeop), in which larger convex slices of mother of pearl were deliberately subjected to pressure and cracked for use as decorative units on the surface. Border displaying on the top lid contains auspicious symbols of the ‘Eight Emblems (Palbo).