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Nabi Norigae Pendant
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The central object is connected to the top by a ring ornament and is decorated with bamboo leaf and plum blossom motives which symbolize women's chastity. Crimson nakjibalsul tassels decorate the central object. Bamboo leaf and plum blossom stand for fidelity and are often used as female ornaments such as pendants and Binyeos (long hairpins).

History of the Object
This danjak norigae pendant with a butterfly center piece is decorated with enameled silver. It was mostly found in the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) whereas it was rarely used in previous periods. The feminine look made it favorable to women of common status in contrast to the nobility which represented authority and dignity. The butterfly symbolized a longing for eternal matrimony.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Metal (enamel) 
Measurements
Length 360mm  
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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