All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #871234 (stock #0331)
Beautifully Rendered and Painted Korean Rooster Funerary Figure. Funerary figures (kkoktu), were used on the funeral bier. Traditionally, these figures would be burned after their use, but thankfully this one survived the pyre and what was intended to be an ephemeral existence. It was removed to the home and used as a good luck and guardian figure to bless and protect the home. Because it was believed that the rooster's morning cry drove away the night's evil spirits, an important talisman to ward off evil spirits was wood-carved roosters. They are a very important icon in traditional Korean folk art and in Korean tradition in general. The rooster’s comb symbolizes intelligence; traditional officials’ hats are based on the comb. The claws mean strength. The rooster was called the 'clock bird' and was sacred to Koreans. 14h x 9w inches, 35.5h x 23w cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #803407 (stock #0215)
Yakjeowul, Complete Scale Set with Original Wood Case for Weighing Medicine. The item being weighed would be hung from the hook while the weight would be moved along the notches on the beam until a balance was achieved. The mark on the notch would indicate the weight of the item. 15.75 x 3 inches, 40 x 7.5 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #803403 (stock #0213)
Daejeowul, Silver Inlaid Korean Scale for Weighing Silver and Gold. The item being weighed would be hung from the hook while the weight would be moved along the silver inlaid notches on the beam until a balance was achieved. The mark on the notch would indicate the weight of the item. The Choson court introduced the metric system to Korea in 1902. 10 kilogram iron weight is included. 22 inches, 56 cm long.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #801534 (stock #0167)
Gorgeous Hinged Basket (Gori) with Red Lacquered Trim. An exquisite Korean basket filled with auspicious symbolism: chrysanthemum hinges for a fruitful life, a Ssanghee (symbol of happiness and the sharing of joy in marriage, which expands to union of Heaven and Earth and Yin and Yang) is woven on the lid and inside on the bottom, auspicious floral designs on the lid, and a pullocho mythical longevity plant for the lock clasp. A flowing sense of continuity is achieved by the repeated and mirrored use of the 'ryul' character throughout the red lacquered area. 11 x 9 x 5.5 inches, 28 x 23 x 14 cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #651901 (stock #0114)
Rare Antique Korean Funerary Figure (Kkokdu) with much of its original pigment still intact. From a renowned and published New York collection. One of the finer examples we have seen. 11.5 inches, 29.5 cm.