Pair of Chopsticks

Pair of Chopsticks

청동 젓가락 (靑銅箸)

918-1392

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Bronze

Overall: 24.5 cm (9 5/8 in.)

Gift of John L. Severance 1921.661

Location

Did you know?

In contrast to the Chinese and Japanese, Koreans still prefer metal chopsticks (stainless steel and brass) to wooden ones.

Description

In Korea, chopsticks made of metal such as brass, silver, and gold were excavated from ancient tombs and ruins dated to the 6th century at the earliest. Burial goods often include utilitarian objects such as table wares and utensils because the dead were believed to need them in the afterlife.

See also
Collection: 
Korean Art
Department: 
Korean Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Bronze

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