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Horn Case
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is believed to be the biggest and the most colorfully decorated box with flattened horns in Korea. It represents the highly skilled craftsmanship of the Joseon Dynasty (1392 -1910). It was probably used by the royal family or a high court officer's wife considering the size and quality of a similar one that was used by one of the queens in the early 20th Century. It gives us an impression of the beauty of women's chambers during the Joseon dynasty.

History of the Object
The body of this box is made of white pine and applied with flattened horns. 60 flattened horns are attached to the lid. The front and back have 30 flattened horns each and the left and right side have 18 pieces each. Various traditional subjects such as landscapes, waterfowl, and mountain wizards are painted with various stone-based colors on the red-dyed flattened horn plates.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Horn, Pine 
Measurements
Width 73 cm. Height 30 cm. Length 41 cm.  
Creator name
Unknwon 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 15th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
15th Century - 19th Century; Chosun Dynasty (1392~1910) 
Function
Case for special offerings such as a wedding gift 
Acquisition
Purchased 
Copyright
Hanyang University Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Hanyang University Museum 
Museum
Hanyang University Museum 
Credit line
Hanyang University Museum 

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