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Bulsoo Norigae Pendant
BONA_N015
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A chrysanthemum-shape knot and a sebeolgamgae knot are connected to the twin bongsul tassel. Bulsoo is fruit from the persimmon tree which is considered to resemble Buddha's Hand and symbolizes compassion and redemption.

History of the Object
Bulsoo is a tropical fruit which resembles Buddha's Hand and its motif was favored in women's accessories. This danjak norigae pendant is decorated with three gilded-silver pieces in the shape of the Bulsoo persimmon tree fruit.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Metal (gilded silver) 
Measurements
Length 27.3 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Seoul, Republic of Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century ; Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) 
Function
A norigae pendant is one of the traditional Korean women's accessories. It was favored over necklaces and bracelets in the Joseon Dynasty (1392 – 1910) and matured into distinct types. From women of high royal status to seniors and children of common status, norigae pendants were worn according to season and function, showing diversity in material, size and form. It enhanced the beauty of the hanbok, the traditional Korean costume, by providing a visual focal point in the look and by achieving harmony with the color and the line. The traditional Korean sense of aesthetics can be discovered through the beauty of norigae pendants which brings unity to the whole. 
Acquisition
Purchased in Seoul in 1970s 
Copyright
Bona Museum 
Acknowledgements
Bonamuseum Collection, Joseon Dynasty Woman's Pendant, Samsung Moonhwa Printing Co., Seoul, 2006 
Owner
Bona Museum 
Museum
Bona Museum 
Credit line
Bona Museum 

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