Korea, Joseon period (1392-1910)
lacquered wood inlaid with mother-of-pearl and twisted brass and copper wire
Overall - h:11.50 w:11.70 d:87.00 cm (h:4 1/2 w:4 9/16 d:34 1/4 inches)
Severance and Greta Millikin Collection
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).