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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1338722 (stock #1233)
Korean Art and Antiques
$1,500.00
This fine silver lady's dagger (eunjangdo) is beautifully engraved with ancient symbolism. The deer, pine tree, and flying crane in stylized clouds, all set in a 'Shangri-la Paradise', are symbols of longevity. The bamboo is a symbol of resilience and flexibility, as it bends rather than breaks in a strong wind. The mythical tortoise-like creature seen here puffing out a breath of life is a Hyonmu, worshiped in ancient folk belief as the god of ardent love between a man and woman. The back is engraved with akebia mountain root (symbol of good health), plantain (symbol of resuscitation from death), and lotus blossom (symbol of rebirth, because the lotus rises above the muck of the pond to show its face to the Sun). Eunjangdo were worn 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'. The inscription on the back reads "Celebrate Good Fortune". 6 inches, 15 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1226868 (stock #1087)
Korean Art and Antiques
$500.00
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
$400.00
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), The back is engraved with beautifully stylized akebia mountain root (symbol of good health), and plantain (symbol of resuscitation from death). 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 #1140518 (stock #0915)
Korean Art and Antiques
$300.00
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 1492 item #976093 (stock #0454)
Korean Art and Antiques
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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 #995503 (stock #0470)
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This silver eunjangdo is a set that includes a pair of silver chopsticks, used by royalty and aristocrats to detect if their food is poisoned. Eunjangdo were worn 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'. The chopsticks, sheath, and blade handle are made of silver, meticulously decorated with a floral scroll design. 4.75 inches, 12 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 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)
Korean Art and Antiques
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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 1900 item #1106920 (stock #0841)
Korean Art and Antiques
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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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #1106925 (stock #0842)
Korean Art and Antiques
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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 #1118495 (stock #0870)
Korean Art and Antiques
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Large 19th Century Korean Sharkskin Jang Geom Sword with Silver Overlay. The scabbard is covered in sharkskin and lacquered black over that. The handle is very interesting and is covered in sharkskin underneath the heavy leather wrapping, and over the sharkskin there is a thick brass foil that is hammered to look like sharkskin. This is a unique technique. The end fitting is missing. The crossguard is shaky because there are a few washers missing from the sword. The blade goes all the way in the scabbard tightly but is off-center by about half an inch. 61.5 inches, 155 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1119692 (stock #0875)
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Korean Antique Iron Tobacco Box with intricate patterns in silver inlay and the characters for good fortune, celebration, good health and compassion. 4.75w x 3.25d x 2.5h inches, 12w x 8.5d x 6.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1492 item #1139169 (stock #0902)
Korean Art and Antiques
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14th Century Goryeo Dynasty Bronze Bottle in Good Condition. Bronze ware from this period is usually in bad condition, so this is a very nice example with a beautifully colored patina. 12 inches tall x 5.5 inches wide, 30.5 x 14 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1247932 (stock #1118)
Korean Art and Antiques
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19th Century Korean Sword with missing scabbard. Condition is good but slightly shaky. Overall length is 35 inches (89cm), blade is 26 inches (66cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1247933 (stock #1119)
Korean Art and Antiques
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Korean Sword with Insignia on the Blade. 26 inches (66cm) overall. Cracks in the scabbard but in otherwise good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1249123 (stock #1158)
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A very rare collection of Korean weapons from 1500-1000 BCE, with 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 famous 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. 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 : Pre AD 1000 item #1275612 (stock #1178)
Korean Art and Antiques
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Prehistoric Korean Stone Sword in excellent condition. A similar example is in the catalogue of the Musee Guimet's Korean art collection (where you can read that the best examples are the ones with the with the finest color and the best quality of veins running through the rock, as in the beautiful, museum-quality example that we offer here (see especially photo 2 here). The Musee Guimet catalogue further states that these stone swords have "a particularly pure aesthetic whose modernity cannot fail to enchant today's viewers". The last photo here is from a petroglyph at a prehistoric burial site (Orim-dong megalithic burial no. 5 in Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do), depicting a similar weapon. Further 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). Korea Army Museum's Journal #6 (1999), page 40. This sword is identical to the sword that is from the famous 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. These publications date this type of sword to 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 this is clearly a Bronze Age Korean sword. 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. 12.75 inches, 32.5 cm.