Small Jewellery Boxes with Mother of Pearl Imaginary Flower Design
Two cubic small jewellery boxes lavishly decorated with mother of pearl imaginary flower design are connected with each other through two hinges. Each box has two drawers for storing personal fashion items.
The case with imaginary flower is decorated with mother of pearl designs of eight bosanghwa blossoms (the imaginary Buddhist flower) in full bloom and rhythmic lines and whorls of the vines. The case with four noble beings is decorated with mother of pearl designs of sagunja, or "four noble beings," containing four plants, maehwa (spring), orchid (summer), chrysanthemum (autumn) and bamboo (winter) that represents the four seasons. Maehwa refers to the Korean plum blossom that has long been the herald of spring. Korean artists have been fascinated by maehwa, which blooms at the end of winter, and thus have praised it as a symbol of the noble spirit overcoming all hardships. The orchid that emits a fragrant aroma in a deep valley, symbolizes a noble sage leading an austere life. The chrysanthemum, symbolizing fidelity and loyalty, has been one of the most favorite subjects used for adorning craftworks as it blooms until late autumn, thus overcoming the frost. The bamboo symbolizes loyalty as its leaves and stalks stay green throughout the seasons.
The harmony between the natural wooden surface and the iridescence of the mother of pearl design makes it a memorable item for any collection. Read More