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Eyeglass case
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Masterpiece

This piece is cut in an oval shape out of wood and the case covering is pale yellow silk. The edge of the case is decorated with black silk and a golden string is attached to the upper and the lower parts of the case. It is beautiful and of high quality.

History of the Object
As it would be today, this eyeglass case was used to protect eyeglasses from breaking and to carry them around conveniently. In general, the case was designed to be carried around t the waist and its oval shape made it easy to locate. Materials for an eyeglass case had to be light and strong. The inside of the case was made of wood from the paulownia tree or traditional Korean paper. The surface of the case was made of sharkskin, leather, embroidery, or oil‐paper, according to one’s social status. The most popular decorations on the surface of the case were the number ten for longevity, the Four Gracious Plants and the typography of longevity and fortune. Noblemen even decorated their cases with precious materials like jade, amber, ivory or coral attached to the case string. This piece is cut in an oval shape out of wood and the case covering is pale yellow silk. The edge of the case is decorated with black silk, and a golden string is attached to the upper and the lower parts of the case.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Wood and silk 
Measurements
Width 80 mm Height 155 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
As it would be today, this eyeglass case was used to protect eyeglasses from breaking and to conveniently carry them around conveniently. In general, the case was designed to be carried around the waist and its oval shape made it easy to locate. Materials for an eyeglass case had to be light and strong. 
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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