Period: Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)

Date: early 20th century

Culture: Korea

Medium: Lacquered wood with mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell, sharkskin, brass wire inlay and brass fittings

Dimensions: H. 34 in. (86.4 cm); W. 27 5/8 in. (70.2 cm); D. 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Bequest of Franklin Jasper Walls, 1963

Accession Number: 63.121.1a, b


Given the phoenix motif and the bright colors of the decoration, this lacquered wood chest was likely used by a woman in an elite household.