A Fine Women’s Ornamental Knife :
Korea, Choson Dynasty, 19th century
This is an ornamental utensil knife set with chopsticks used by women and also used for emergencies in Choson Dynasty’s women's society. The case and knife have beautiful
feminine carving. The handle and sheath are highly decorated with a cherry
blossom design with birds on the silver body.
Measures 4 5/8” long after assembled. It’s in very good condition.
****Choson dynasty Korean women wore silver knives hidden inside
their clothes near their chest in order to preserve their chastity by suicide should
it become necessary. It was a gift of the bride’s in laws, indicating the strictness of a society
that placed an extremely high value on fidelity and purity.---from Dr. Junghee Lee.
Please compare with a women's ornamental knife in Azaleas and Golden Bells, Korean art, Portland Art Museum, 1998, Dr. Junghee Lee.