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Samjak Norigae Pendant
BONA_N037
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This three part pendant with a tiger claw, peach, and a decorative coin shape as the central objects are ornamented with enameled silver and hold three-colored nakjibalsul tassels. It is said that a peach from a legendary tree which bears fruit once in three thousand years can provide longevity. It symbolizes longevity, posterity and protection from evil spirits.

History of the Object
The number three has a symbolic meaning of heaven, earth and humanity and its significance is also applied to the three layers of a bride’s undergarment during her wedding ceremony. For this reason, women wore three pendants together as a samjak norigae pendant during ceremonial events at the royal court and noble households. Women of common status were only allowed to wear them during wedding ceremonies.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Tiger claw, metal (enamel) 
Measurements
Length 30 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 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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