This small box is rather exquisite in its style and patterns, was most likely possessed by a member of aristocratic family. The flat lid is closed by means of a clasp mounted on a rectangular metal plate. Cranes in flight and heavenly peaches are depicted on either side within rectangular frame.
At the two frames in the front cranes, deer, pine tree, bamboo, clouds are inlaid as symbol of longevity. The back side is decorated with a winter plum tree and birds while each side occupied by peonies on the rock. The box is a typical example for the showing the most important mother of pearl inlay techniques used in the Joseon period: the cutting out of larger piece (jureumjil), which is employed here for the animals and the trees; the hair-line engraving of internal structures (mojobeop); and the cutting of mother of pearl into long thin strips (kkeuneumjil). Similar pieces are preserved at the National Museum of Korea, Seoul.
L 30.5cm D 16.5cm H 18cm