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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #600661 (stock #0101)
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Martin Lorber, a featured appraiser on the Antiques Roadshow and the founder of Sotheby's Korean Department, said the following in his appraisal of this museum quality eunjangdo, "This piece is remarkably high quality, indicating that it was made for a person of high rank. The rarity of the piece is evident." Beth McKillop, The Victoria & Albert Museum's Asian Department Director of Collections and Keeper has stated that this is a rare and unique piece. This is certainly the finest eunjangdo we have ever seen, and we have seen the very best in museums and private collections. This eunjangdo from 1830-1890 is a set that includes a pair of silver chopsticks, used by royalty to detect if their food is poisoned. The attachment to the chopstick is a cicada, symbolising immortality. Eunjangdo, an ornamental dagger, was worn mostly by women of rank as a chest pendant and a symbol of their social standing. This dagger also served as a tool to save women from personal humiliation or peril, not by attacking an assailant but by killing themselves, under the Confucian moral obligation of medieval Korea 'to remain faithful to one spouse'. Both the sheath and blade handle are made of silver and gold, meticulously decorated with fascinating designs. What we see on the front is a shangri-la kind of theme, the pine trees and the gold cranes symbolize longevity, and the gold deer symbolize wealth and prosperity. The area below the crane is stylized rockwork. The curly objects with gold wash are clouds. In the past, people believed that when they accumulated enough good deeds in this world, they rode clouds to the sky and became a human Buddha in the next world. Shapes of clouds can also be found on the murals in ancient tombs. On the blade handle we see a gold-washed Moon (the moon's roundness is a symbol of family unity and harmony) and snake’s head. The snake is, according to Joseph Campbell, the ultimate symbol of lunar consciousness, because the snake sheds its skin just as the Moon does. The snake is also spherical, symbolizing the infinite. And ultimately, the snake continues to live in the face of adversity, just as the honorable woman could expect to live on after the self-inflicted honorable death of her physical self, according to the teachings of the time. The pattern on the back is a pullocho plant, which symbolizes wishes come true. Attached at the point where the sheath and the blade handle join, we see a chrysanthemum flower, the Korean symbol of a productive, fruitful life. Kum-Boo (also spelled keum-boo or kum-bu) is a Korean decorative appliqué technique in which pure gold foil is fused onto the surface of finished pure silver objects. The origin and historical development of the kum-boo technique is shrouded in mystery.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre AD 1000 item #1161592 (stock #0959)
Korean Art and Antiques
$10,000.00
Korean Mumun Period (1500 - 300 BCE) Polished Stone Sword in remarkable condition. This is likely the best condition stone age Korean sword in existence. The last photo here is from a petroglyph at a Mumun Period burial (Orim-dong megalithic burial no. 5 in Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do), depicting a similar weapon. References: Bale, Martin T.; Ko, Min-jung (2006), Craft Production and Social Change in Mumun Period Korea. Asian Perspectives 45 (2): 159-187. Park Je Gwang (2006), History of Steel in Eastern Asia. History of Korea through the Fall of Goguryeo, pages 9 - 10. Chosen Soukantoku Kanbo Soumukyoku Insatsu Jo (1912), Riou-ke Hakubutsu-kan Chozou-hin Shashin-chou Ge, (Prince Yi Household Museum Collection Picture Book Volume 2).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre AD 1000 item #1247192 (stock #1117)
Korean Art and Antiques
$10,000.00
The Only Collection of Prehistoric Korean Weapons ever offered for sale, dated by experts to 1500 - 1000 BCE. You will likely never see a Korean Bronze Age weapon offered for sale again, much less an entire collection. This is truly a museum-quality collection with an interesting variety of two stone swords, two stone crescent knives, and eleven stone arrowheads. These arrowheads are identical to the Bronze Age arrowheads on pages 32 - 35 of the catalog, the 29th United Association of the University Museum of Korea Exhibition - Korea's Bow and Arrow, The Military Academy Museum. The sword on the left in the first photo here is identical to a Bronze Age sword in the Korea Army Museum's Journal #6 (1999), page 40, and it is also identical to the sword that is from the iconic collection of Gukeun Lee Yang-sun that is now in the permanent collection of the Gyeongju National Museum and can be seen on page 82 of the museum catalog. Please also see page 15 of the Gyeongju National Museum catalog for a sword that is very similar to the sword on the right of the first photo here. These publications attribute these weapons to the Gyeongju area in 1500 - 1000 BCE. Another useful book on this subject is the 2002 publication, Collection of Korea Army Museum, that gives examples of the differences between Bronze Age and Iron Age Korean weapons. They are quite a bit different, and these are clearly Bronze Age Korean weapons. There are also numerous examples of early Korean weapons in the article on the subject by John Boots in the December 1934 Transactions of the Korea Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. This collection will add great historical depth to any collection, and the price that we are asking is less than the average price of just one antique Korean sword. Swords: 10 inches (25.5 cm), Crescent Knives: 4.25 and 5 inches (11 and 13 cm), Arrowheads: 3 to 6 inches (7.5 to 15 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1900 item #1158873 (stock #0950)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1500.00
Very Rare and Beautifully Carved Wood Lady's Dagger and Chopsticks Set (Jangdo) with Pine Trees (symbol of longevity) Bamboo Trees (symbol of integrity) Ducks (symbol of fidelity) and Deer (symbol of longevity). The delightfully rendered and abundant symbolism served to inspire and reassure the woman who bore this dagger. It was worn by a woman of rank as a chest pendant and a symbol of her social standing. This dagger also served as a tool to save women from personal humiliation or peril, not by attacking an assailant but by killing themselves, under the Confucian moral obligation of medieval Korea 'to remain faithful to one spouse'. 5.5 inches, 14 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1227778 (stock #1102)
Korean Art and Antiques
$900.00
Rare 19th Century Korean Scholar's Portable Brush and Ink Well (Mukho). See Horim Museum's website to see 3 similar mukhos. This one is very special, as it includes the original brush, and is exquisitely carved copper with silver inlay. Please look at the close-up photos here of the key fret pattern (based on ancient pictographs of thunder) on the handle, the bullocho mythical longevity plant on the back of the well, and especially the creative Dragon in Bullocho-Shaped Clouds on the lid. This is a very beautifully designed and inventive implement that would have been very important and highly regarded by the traveling scholar. The handle ingeniously acts as a tube for the brush. As seen in the last photo here (#6), it pairs very nicely with the rare Joseon Period Inkstone with lid on our site (Stock # 1101) and makes a very nice addition to any collection of Asian scholar's items. These never come with the original brush, as old brushes were always discarded, so the brush here is new and is photographed here just to illustrate the way the mukho functions. Length: 7.25 inches, 18.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1226868 (stock #1087)
Korean Art and Antiques
$700.00
Large Korean Antique Wood and Metal Lady's Dagger. One side has a deer (symbol of longevity), lotus blossom (symbol of purity), and pine tree needles (symbol of integrity and longevity). The other side has a crane (symbol of longevity) and bamboo (symbol of resilience). The deer and the crane both have brass eyes, a very nice touch. This dagger has an attached cup in the shape of the Heavenly Peach of Immortality, with a lotus blossom (symbol of purity) atop the peach. The delightfully rendered and abundant symbolism served to inspire and reassure the woman who bore this dagger. It was worn by a woman of rank as a chest pendant and a symbol of her social standing. This dagger also served as a tool to save women from personal humiliation or peril, not by attacking an assailant but by killing themselves, under the Confucian moral obligation of medieval Korea 'to remain faithful to one spouse'. 11 inches.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1221437 (stock #1065)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
Beautiful Antique Korean Lady's Dagger with Exquisitely Detailed Engraving of mountains and two deer (symbols of longevity), bamboo (symbol of resilience), pine tree (symbol of longevity and integrity), the mythical bullocho longevity plant, a plum blossom in the center (symbol of courage), and the back is engraved with beautifully stylized akebia mountain root (symbol of good health). The chopsticks are adorned with a lovely persimmon, symbol of joy. The delightfully rendered and abundant symbolism served to inspire and reassure the woman who bore this dagger. It was worn by a woman of rank as a chest pendant and a symbol of her social standing. This dagger also served as a tool to save women from personal humiliation or peril, not by attacking an assailant but by killing themselves, under the Confucian moral obligation of medieval Korea 'to remain faithful to one spouse'. 7.5 inches, 19 cm. There is some solder repair to the back.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1140521 (stock #0916)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
Beautiful Antique Korean Lady's Dagger with Detailed Engraving of a Deer (symbol of longevity), bamboo (symbol of resilience), pine trees (symbol of longevity and integrity), the mythical bullocho longevity plant, and two cups in the shape of the Heavenly Peach of Immortality. Each peach is adorned with a lovely plum blossom, a symbol of courage. The delightfully rendered and abundant symbolism served to inspire and reassure the woman who bore this dagger. It was worn by a woman of rank as a chest pendant and a symbol of her social standing. This dagger also served as a tool to save women from personal humiliation or peril, not by attacking an assailant but by killing themselves, under the Confucian moral obligation of medieval Korea 'to remain faithful to one spouse'. A rare and beautiful work of Korean folk art. 5.25 inches, 13.25 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1116448 (stock #0861)
Korean Art and Antiques
$400.00
19th Century Korean Metal Flask with Skillfully and Delightfully Rendered Engraving of a dragon flying through the air and chasing the magic pearl of immortality, a rooster (a traditional and ancient guardian figure), a pair of fish (symbol of eternal love and vigilance), a crane (symbol of longevity), lotus blossom (symbol of purity and rebirth), and other mythical and fantastic creatures. A rare and beautiful example of Korean Joseon Dynasty artistry and craftsmanship. 5 inches (13 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1219671 (stock #1064)
Korean Art and Antiques
$400.00
19th Century Korean Metal Flask with Inspirational Engraved Symbolism of Diligence and Vigilance. The ox is a symbol of diligence and hard work, and the fish is a symbol of vigilance, because he never closes his eyes, even when he is sleeping. The crane is an ancient symbol of immortality, so the symbols combine to give the meaning of eternal vigilance and diligence. 5 x 3 inches, 12.75 x 7.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1140518 (stock #0915)
Korean Art and Antiques
$400.00
A Rare Antique Wood and Metal Korean Woman's Dagger beautifully rendered with a crane (symbol of longevity), and an attached cup in the shape of the Heavenly Peach of Immortality, with a lotus blossom (symbol of purity) atop the peach. The delightfully rendered symbolism served to inspire and reassure the woman who bore this dagger. It was worn by a woman of rank as a chest pendant and a symbol of her social standing. This dagger also served as a tool to save women from personal humiliation or peril, not by attacking an assailant but by killing themselves, under the Confucian moral obligation of medieval Korea 'to remain faithful to one spouse'. A rare and beautiful work of Korean folk art. 7 inches, 18 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1233458 (stock #1109)
Korean Art and Antiques
$200.00
Rare Antique and Genuine Traditional Korean Shaman's Bells (Muryoeng) used in shaman rituals for Summoning Good Spirits and Repelling Bad Spirits. You often see these bells depicted in antique paintings of Korean shamans. These shaman's bells that we offer here are not to be confused with the modern reproductions that you see for sale on eBay. These are genuine shaman implements with old workmanship and a beautiful patina from many years of traditional use a very long time ago. They are rare because they are normally buried or destroyed when the shaman dies. For a similar example of antique Korean shaman's bells bells, please see page 223 of The Collection of the National Folk Museum of Korea, published in 2012. This set of shaman's bells is particularly rare, because they are engraved with the characters for long life and happiness, as you can see in the close-up photos here. 8 inches, 20.25 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #995508 (stock #0471)
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Very Fine and Rare Silver Inlaid Iron Brazier (a source of heating and light), the finest example, truly museum quality, hexagonal shape, likely the finest and most well-preserved example, beautifully rendered and in pristine condition. Each protuberant side is decorated with a keyfret-bordered roundel enclosing six different works of art: a crane and sea turtle in beautifully stylized clouds and waves beneath a silvery moon (symbols of longevity); one of the Eight Buddhist Emblems of an oversized conch shell; a leafy floral design symbolizing abundance; a leafy branch of pomegranates whose many seeds symbolize fertility; another leafy floral branch; and a deer couple at rest beneath a wonderfully curving pine tree that encircles and protects this gorgeous, idyllic scene blessed with symbolism of a long, healthy, happy and peaceful life filled with love. Each roundel is surrounded by a cell diaper pattern with a keyfret border on each side of the brazier. The decorated waisted neck supports a flat everted hexagonal rim decorated with a floral vignette on a cell diaper ground and a keyfret border, all resting on a keyfret-bordered base with six bracket feet decorated with lotus flowers and scrolls. The lotus is a Buddhist symbol of purity, because it rises above the muck to the surface of the pond to show its face to the sun, symbolizing hope and redemption. Height: 6.5 inches, 16.5 cm; Width: 8 inches, 20 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1492 item #976093 (stock #0454)
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Rare Koryo Dynasty Jung Byung (Kundika Buddhist Ritual Pitcher) Water Dropper. There is some loss to the tip of the spout, otherwise it is in Very Good Condition. 6 inches (15cm) tall.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #1062903 (stock #0707)
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One-Of-A-Kind 18th Century Korean Staff Sword, Changpogeom, a style of sword unique to Korea, with seven gold inlay dots on each side representing the Seven Star Spirit (Chilseong), an ancient Daoist deity that controls fortune. Antique Changpogeom are rare. It's a staff with a fighting blade inside. And a Chilseong Changpogeom (Seven Star Staff Sword) is so rare that this may be the only surviving example. It is a large weapon, 43 inches (110cm) with a a 32 inch (81cm) blade, and the blade is a very high quality fighting blade. This is truly a museum quality sword.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1104341 (stock #0837)
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Large Korean Antique Lacquered Sword with Painted Dragons. 58.5 inches, 148.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #1106925 (stock #0842)
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Very Fine and Rare Antique Paktong Bowl and Stand. Paktong looks like silver, but it is actually a copper alloy with nickel and zinc. This piece has impeccable provenance, from the collection of Harold Stern, the former director of the Smithsonian Freer Gallery, and the author of the 1957 book, Masterpieces of Korean Art. Bowl: height 4.25 inches (11 cm), width 5 inches (12.5 cm); Stand: width 5.75 inches (14.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1106920 (stock #0841)
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19th Century Iron Tobacco Box and Tray with Inlaid Silver. Box: 5 x 4 x 3 inches, 12.5 x 10 x 7.5 cm. Tray 6 x 5 x 1 inches 15 x 12.5 x 2.5 cm.