The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 17, 2018

Scroll Box with Dragon and Phoenix Design, 1700s-1800s

lacquered wood inlaid with mother-of-pearl and twisted brass and copper wire, Overall: 11.5 x 11.7 x 87 cm (4 1/2 x 4 9/16 x 34 1/4 in.). Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1990.15

This large rectangular box was designed for keeping a scroll or an important document. The mother-of-pearl inlaid lacquer rendering of a dragon and phoenix combines texture, color, and shape to produce a dazzling effect. The large and prominent designs of the Joseon-period inlaid lacquer, like on this box, replaced the fine detail and mosaic-like patterns popular in the Goryeo period (918-1392).

Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; July 16- September 15, 2002. "Object in Focus: Scroll Box with Dragon and Phoenix Design, 1800s; Korea; (inlaid mother-of-pearl; 1990.15)".

Main Asian Rotation (Gallery 238); April 26, 2013 -

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