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Deasamjak Norigae Pendant
BONA_N006
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The delicate motives engraved on the central objects show authority and magnificence. The janggu knot, sebeolgamgae knot and butterfly knot decorate central objects with a unique three layers of nakjibalsul tassels. A square shaped silver ttidon (center piece on top of a pendant) brings the three parts in balance.

History of the Object
The three part pendant consists of mill leg, tuho jar, and tiger claw shaped central objects made of silver. Bangadari(mill leg) symbolizes good fortune and consists of a pair of earpicks which were occasionally used. This pendant was worn inside the under garment. Tuho is a jar used in a game at the royal court where arrows were thrown from a fixed distance. It has a symbolic meaning of containing all misfortunes and driving them away. It was favored in the royal court as norigae pendant. Tiger was considered as a deity along with dragon which kept away bad luck and bad spirits. The sharp claw was actually used as the central object of the norigae pendant or other materials were made in its form.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Metal (silver) 
Measurements
Width 34 cm. Length 43 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 2000s 
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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