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Ojak Norigae Pendant
BONA_N024
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Masterpiece

A chrysanthemum-shaped knot, a sebeolgamgae knot, and ginger-shaped knot are connected to the five-colored twin bongsul tassels. A butterfly ttidonn (the center piece on top of a pendant) in enameled silver holds separate parts together and in balance.

History of the Object
This five-part pendant consists of an acupuncture needle case, a dragon motif axe, a tiger claw, a grape and a butterfly. These central objects are made of enameled silver. The numerous grape seeds symbolize wealth and prosperity. A cluster of grapes symbolizes abundance as well as a good relationship between family members.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Tiger claw, metal (silver, enamel) 
Measurements
Width 33 cm. Length 37 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 of 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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