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Deasamjak Norigae Pendant
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This pendant is in excellent shape with an enameled silver ttidon. The daesamjak norigae pendant is the grandest of all and was used in royal ceremonies and wedding ceremonies of noble families.

History of the Object
This is a three-part pendant with a coral branch, a pair of jade butterflies and amber as the central objects. The jade butterflies are decorated with pearls and each central object is attached to a gilded silver decoration adding magnificence. Yellow, red, and blue, three standard colors of nakjibalsul tassels decorate the central objects.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Coral, jade, amber, pearl, kingfisher's feather, metal (gilded silver, enamel) 
Measurements
Length 35.5 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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