Mother of Pearl Lacquer Wood Jewelry Box with Long Life Animals Design
This exquisite lacquer wood jewelry box is elegantly decorated with a design of sipjangsaeng, 10 creatures that ancient Koreans, influenced by the Taoist philosophy, believed were created to enjoy eternal youth: sun, stone, water, cloud, pine tree, deer, bulnocho ('herb of eternal youth'), turtle, crane, and mountain. Inspired by the belief in a Taoist utopian world resided by Taoist elders who had found the secret of eternal life, ancient Koreans revealed their dreams of such a world through the 10 creatures.
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. The elaborate adornment with the iridescence of intricate mother of pearl designs makes it an impressive item for collection.
The structure of the two doors above and a drawer below, as well as the three drawers and hooks on the inside which are designed to rotate for hanging necklaces conveniently, is conceived from the traditional Korean wardrobe, and offers a pleasant way for storing valuable personal ornaments such as jewelry. Read More