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Chair and canes to distingushed old officials
GPM-1261
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This folding chair is made of wood which is covered with white birch. The seat is plaited with twisted string. It is a typical example of craftwork which was produced by a public manufacturer according to standard and style. The twp canes shown above were used as both a cane for practical purposes and a sword for self-protection. They are decorated with square-shaped material at the end. The bird-shaped cane is the most characteristic with an engraved duck and two rings. It is decorated with a chrysanthemum motif made of metal plate. This one is lacquered in black and with a spade attached at the end. This was not only a farming tool but also symbolic because it was a gift from the King. The scene of the grant ceremony is depicted in the album which is called saguaejang-younhyendochyeop. These are Korean Treasures No. 930.

History of the Object
These were royal gifts from King Hyunjong to Yi Kyungsuk(1595-1671). It was a tradition for the King to grant a chair, canes, and a palanquin to an elder minister when he retired.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
wood, cotton, metal 
Measurements
Width 55 Height 91 Length 72.5  
Creator name
Government of Joseon Dynasty 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea; Main Palace of Joseon Dynasty 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
17th Century; Joseon Dynasty (Circa 1669, King Hyunjong, 10) 
Function
A chair and canes were granted from the King to distingushed old and meritorious officials.  
Acquisition
Donated in 1996 to the Gyeonggi Provincial Museum by Yi Wanju a descendent of Yi Kyungsuk who belonged to Jeonjoo Yi's family, one of the famous noble families. The objects had been left carelessly in a barn of Yi Wanju's house.  
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Owner
Gyeonggi Provincial Museum  
Museum
Gyeonggi Provincial Museum 
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