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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #600661 (stock #0101)
Korean Art and Antiques
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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 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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #1265455 (stock #1151)
Korean Art and Antiques
$200.00
Rare and Finely Engraved 19th Century Korean Paktong Cup. There are three sections of beautiful engraving, each section separated by a highly stylized 'happiness' character. The deer, pine tree, and rocks are symbols of longevity, the phoenix is a symbol of peace and prosperity, and the pair of sparrows are a symbol of love. Paktong looks like silver, but it is actually a copper alloy with nickel and zinc. 2w x 1.5h inches, 5h x 4h cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1492 item #976093 (stock #0454)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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 1900 item #995508 (stock #0471)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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
SOLD
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
SOLD
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
SOLD
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
SOLD
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)
Korean Art and Antiques
SOLD
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
SOLD
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.