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A Fine and Rare Women's Ornamental Knife


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Korean: Folk Art: Pre 1900: Item # 457392

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Harubang Antiques
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3712 - 80th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, Washington 98040
(206) 236-2374

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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.