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Danjaknorigae(Women’s clothing ornament)
GPM-3086
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

These Norigaes provide us with insight into the characteristics of our cultural heritage. These characteristics include assimilation with nature, simplicity, dignity and chastity. They are also expressed in our architecture, paintings, etc. The upper one is decorated with a perfume case and is a practical ornament. The main object on the center one is embellished with tiger claws and butterfly motifs as these have the meaning of preventing evil. The ornamental object of the pendants on the bottom is made of coral and is a plated dragon-shaped ornament.

History of the Object
Norigae is a decorative pendant hung from the top piece of the traditional garment. It was an accessory item exclusive to the Joseon Dynasty and was made of precious materials such as gold, silver or jade. The decorative designs and ornamental details of norigae made it the focal point of women's apparel and created a stark contrast to the generally subdued and understated hanbok. As the hanbok established itself in the basic form of short top and long skirt, norigae also became an important ornament which complemented the short jeogori. The widespread popularity of norigaes can be attributed to the fact that it appealed to the aesthetic and emotional sense of Joseon ladies. Different sizes and materials of Norigae are dictated by social rank and the situation as each of the trinkets has its own meaning. For example, fish-shaped Norigae is believed to protect personal property as fish never close their eyes, but stay vigilant.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
silk, coral, claws of tiger, perfume 
Measurements
Length 37  
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
A decorative pendant hung from the outer or inner breast-tie of the short upper garment (jeogori) or from sashes of the traditional Korean women's costume, called hanbok. 
Acquisition
Acquired by the Gyeonggi Provincial Museum from the art dealer Yi, Jin Sung in 1994.  
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Gyeonggi Provincial Museum 
Museum
Gyeonggi Provincial Museum 
Credit line
 

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