Knife Sheath

장도집

1100s
length: 21.7 cm (8 9/16 in.)
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Location: 236 Korean

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This 12th-century silver-gilt knife sheath is meant to be a pendent to a belt as a luxury ornament.

Description

Made by rolling a flat piece of silver plate, this knife sheath is decorated on each side with oval panels, including two larger middle panels showing an image of rising dragons with ring-punched scales. The circular upper panels bear the image of seated phoenixes. The flat bottom is engraved with a pair of fish, symbolizing harmonious unity. The trefoil-shaped ring attached to the tip of the sheath allows a string to connect it as a pendant to a belt. In medieval Korea, a miniature sheath such as this was considered an important fashion item, especially for elite members of the ruling class.
Knife Sheath

Knife Sheath

1100s

Korea, Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

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