An Extremely Rare/Fine Mother of Pearl Inlaid Official Ward-robe or Wedding Clothing Box: Korea, Joseon dyanasty,18th century.
A large and rectangular with rounded corners designed in mother of pearl inlay with grape vines
with clusters scroll, a large flying butterfly and bees on the top cover, on the sides, with lotus scroll inlaid contineusly around sides on black lacquer over the box, and red lacquered both
insides. This box is quite thick and heavy solid wood with hand tool use (see the its bottom).
It’s in very fine condition without any typical damages but a body crack line, It measures 73.5cm x 45.7cm c 13.5cm. h.
***Please note: An almost identical mother of pearl inlaid box see Collection of Nara Yamato Bunkakan, published and Exhibited by Korean Foundation, Figure #5, page 65. Korean lacquer art – Aesthetic Perfection, 10/28-2012 through 1/27/2013.(if need a photo
of a box in the catalogue it’d be sent to you, and see another catalog published (see photo #6) Koryo and Joseon’s mother of pearl Inlaid Box, Special Exhibition by Nara Museum, published in Taishow 61 year, April, figure #29 with color, page 11 and #29 with black color, page 30, (please see photo #6 and compare with a photo of the box in the catalogue).