Lacquered wood inlaid with mother-of-pearl and twisted brass and copper wire
Overall: 11.5 x 11.6 x 87 cm (4 1/2 x 4 9/16 x 34 1/4 in.)
Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1990.15
This technique of using the inlays of iridescent mother-of-pearl and abalone shells has been practiced in Korea for over a thousand years,
This large rectangular box was designed for keeping a scroll or an important document. The mother-of-pearl inlaid lacquer rendering of a dragon and phoenix combines texture, color, and shape to produce a dazzling effect. The large and prominent designs of the Joseon-period inlaid lacquer, like on this box, replaced the fine detail and mosaic-like patterns popular in the Goryeo period (918-1392).
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