Mother of Pearl Pen Holder Cup with Wood Four Noble Beings Design
This lacquered wood pencil holder cup is ornamented with an intricate mother of pearl design of Sagunja, or "four noble beings," containing four plants, maehwa (spring), orchid (summer), chrysanthemum (autumn) and bamboo (winter) that symbolize the four seasons. The harmony between the colored Korean mulberry paper and the iridescence of the mother of pearl design makes it a memorable item for any collection. This pencil holder cup comes with a nice paper gift box.
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. Symbolizing fidelity and loyalty, the chrysanthemum 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. Read More