Lacquered Mother of Pearl Luxury Jewelry Box Inlaid with Grass and Insect
The exquisite mother of pearl design on this luxury jewelry box is inspired by the 16th century masterpiece paintings of Sinsaimdang (1504-1551), an icon of womanly and motherly virtues in Korea. She was the mother of Yi Yul-gok, the illustrious Confucian scholar from the Joseon dynasty and a consummate artist who excelled especially at chochungdo (painting of grass and insects). She was an attentive observer of each and every flower and grass growing in her garden, and insects such as butterflies, bees, mantises and grasshoppers visiting these blossoms. Her works meticulously reproduce their shapes and colors down to the minutest details and finest hues.
It is quite remarkable that the artist could depict the scene in such detail without brush nor pen, but only with mother of pearl strips. Both the flowers and insects are captured vividly, displaying the tradition of Korean crafts that favor adorning objects with idyllic natural scenes. The elaborate adornment with the iridescence of intricate mother of pearl designs makes it an impressive item for collection. The inner surface is also ornamented with the iridescence of raw mother of pearl pieces. Read More