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Najeonham (box with mother‐of‐pearl)
2521
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This object is representative of the daily lives of the Korean people. This piece is beautiful and of high quality.

History of the Object
It is made with dovetail joints, and the lid covers the box so that it closes very tightly. After fastening hemp cloth on wood, lacquer was applied to the surface. The design on the lid and the four sides of the box is made from the trunk of a grape tree.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Wood and Mother‐of‐Pearl 
Measurements
Width 695 mm Height 145 mm Length 435 mm  
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 Dynasty (1392-1910) 
Function
This box with inlaid mother‐of‐pearl was used to store small items. The box is rectangular in shape. 
Acquisition
Purchase 
Copyright
Government of the Republic of Korea 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
 
Museum
National Folk Museum of Korea 
Credit line
National Folk Museum of Korea 

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