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Box for storing Buddhist texts
AK-MAK-178
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A swastika sign has been recessed in the clasp on the box. This is an ancient symbol of prosperity and happiness. Metal characters are inlaid in the right side of the box. They are instructions on the correct place in the library where the box was to stand. The chrysanthemum motif with which the box is decorated was very popular in Korea. The swastika is an ancient symbol of good fortune and luck. Buddhas are often depicted with a swastika on the palms of their hands and the soles of their feet. The swastika is also a symbol of the Buddha nature that exists in every living creature. In addition, the swastika is a general symbol in China, Japan and Korea for Buddhism, much as the cross symbolizes Christianity.

History of the Object
This box was made for the storage of holy Buddhist scriptures. At the end of the thirteenth century, a number of this type of boxes were made in Korea. They all have lids with angular corners and are richly decorated with a dense pattern of creeper-like chrysanthemum stalks made of inlaid mother-of-pearl and wire. Nearly all early Korean lacquerware has been lost. A small part has been preserved in Japan, where Korean decorative art was much admired. During two invasions at the end of the sixteenth century, the Japanese even brought Korean craftsmen back to Japan. This box was enlarged in Japan. The lower section with hexagonal decorations was added in the sixteenth or seventeenth century.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Lacquer on wood, inlaid with mother-of-pearl and wire 
Measurements
34 x 47 x 25 cm 
Creator name
lacquerer 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea; Japan 
Geography
Korea or Japan 
Time period
AD 13th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
13th Century 
Function
This box was made for the storage of holy Buddhist scriptures. 
Acquisition
Purchased in 1937. Long term loan Rijksmuseum 1972. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatische Kunst. Long term loan Rijksmuseum. 
Museum
Rijksmuseum 
Credit line
 

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