Antique Box with Pairs of Cranes, Sparrows and Plum Blossoms
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Beautiful Korean Antique Painted Box with Pairs of Cranes and Sparrows and Plum Blossoms. The paired birds are an ancient symbol of eternal love (the crane was believed to mate for life) and the plum blossom is a symbol of courage, because it blooms early, before winter is finished. These types of boxes are very rare because they were made only during a very short period of time at the very end of the Joseon Dynasty, in the last decade of the 19th Century and first decade of the 20th Century (1890s and 1900s). The paintings are custom made for the boxes and are then mounted onto the boxes. Similar examples of painted boxes can be seen in the book, Korean Furniture and Culture (pages 85 and 86) by Yoon Bokcha, Chi Soon, and Park Youngsoon; and Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (page 273). This box has a lovely new lock. 16.5d x 12w x 3.25h inches, 42d x 30.5w x 8.25h cm.