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Pair of Wood Boxes with Applied Hand-Cut Paper Design

Pair of Wood Boxes with Applied Hand-Cut Paper Design

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Pair of Nesting Wood Boxes covered with Applied Hand-Cut Paper Designs, finished with a light oil, very much like the one in the Brooklyn Museum (see page 163 of the Korean Art Collection in the Brooklyn Museum, 2006). The Brooklyn box is only one box, whereas this box is two nesting boxes. The butterflies are a symbol of happiness, and the peonies are a symbol of prosperity. The Korean Taeguk symbol adorns the lids and sides of each box. With one more section than the two-sectioned yin and yang symbol, the three-sectioned Korean Samtaeguk symbolizes Heaven (red), Earth (green) and Humankind (yellow), which combine and interlock to form the supreme ultimate unity of cosmological forces. A nice example of the old tradition of Korean Hanji (Paper) Art. Larger Box: 19.75 x 12.25 x 5.75 inches, 50 x 31 x 14.5 cm; Smaller Box: 18.25 x 10.75 x 5.25 inches, 46.25 x 27.5 x 13.5 cm.