Mother of Pearl Wooden Jewelry Box Inlaid with Carp Design
This wooden jewelry box is elegantly embellished with mother of pearl design of carp wrought by the intricate mother of pearl inlaying technique. 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 colorful raw mother of pearl pieces, giving the beautiful panache to this wood jewelry box.
A favorite subject for arts and crafts in Korea and China, carp symbolize the success in life; this representation comes from a Chinese legend in which the fish became a dragon as soon as it arrived at the head of the Yellow River in spring. In Korea, it is also a symbol of filial piety following a folk tale in which a son searches deep mountain valleys in the middle of winter to catch the fish for his aged mother.