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Thread Case
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is a commonly-used household item which is representative of the daily life of the Korean people.

History of the Object
Often this box is called jiham or a box made of Korean traditional paper (Hanji). A jiham can be made with several layers of Korean traditional paper or by applying the paper to a wooden frame and by adding some patterns or designs. Hanji is smooth, but tough and light. Thus, it is used for making various items, from large items of furniture such as cabinets to small items like thread cases and spools. Hanji craft art was popular with both the upper and lower classes. This piece is cut from cardboard and covered with blue‐dyed hanji. It is a rectangular parallel‐piped shape and designed with a lid which opens. There is a brass-ware lock at the edge of the lid. There are two doors on the front of the case and two drawers, one above the other, inside the doors. At the top of the drawers, there are many pouches to store small items. There are colourfully-designed decorations of the yin and yang symbol, butterflies, flowers and cranes on the each side of the box.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Paper and Brass-ware 
Measurements
Width 19.5 cm. Height 13.5 cm. Length 31.5 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
14th Century - 20th Century; Joseon(1392-1910) 
Function
A thread case is a box for holding thread and cloth scraps. 
Acquisition
Purchase 
Copyright
Republic of Korea government 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
 
Museum
National Folk Museum of Korea 
Credit line
National Folk Museum of Korea 

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