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DESCRIPTION: A Korean Bandaji (or clothing/blanket chest) with elm-root front panels and dovetailed, single-board red pine sides and top, dating from c. 1850, Chosun Dynasty. Large, original wrought iron fittings decorate the front and corners including a large center sunburst design and pairs of chickens and roosters along the bottom. As typical of bandaji chests, it opens using a hinged drop-front rather than top lid. The interior has ample storage space plus a shelf and two small drawers.
The whole chest is on raised, inward curving legs, typical to protect them from the heat of the ondol, a floor heating system prevalent in 19th C. Korea. Originating from Kyounggi Province, a 1983 purchase slip from K & G Art in Seoul has remained inside one of the interior drawers. DIMENSIONS: 38” wide (96.5 cm) x 18 ½” deep (47 cm) x 35 ¾” high (91 cm).