Korean Art and Antiques
This seven feet tall Antique Korean Trident is the only Joseon Dynasty Trident ever offered for sale. The few existing examples are all in museums in Korea. Only Korea has this type of trident with the small round iron cymbals under the fork for scaring off tigers and other wild animals. The shape of the fork is also uniquely Korean. The Chinese trident has much rounder corners. 82 inches (208 cm) tall, 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) wide.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1700 item #1462926 (stock #1482)
Korean Art and Antiques
This is the only ancient Korean mace ever offered for sale. The few existing examples are all in museums in Korea. It is from the Early Joseon Dynasty, 16th Century or earlier. Only Korea has this type of straight mace with a perfectly round head. And the head is made from iron insets just like the scales on Korean royal armor. 22 inches (46 cm) long, 3.5 inches (9 cm) wide.
Scarce Prehistoric Bronze Age Korean White Stone Sword with a Marbled Grain, 1500 - 300 BCE. This is likely the only one of its type you will ever see outside of a museum and offered for sale. Similar Bronze Age stone swords can be seen in the Korea Army Museum's 2002 Collection Catalogue, page 19. There are also 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. 7.5 inches, 19 cm.
Scarce Prehistoric Bronze Age Korean Polished Black Stone Sword, 1500 - 300 BCE. Similar Bronze Age polished black stone swords can be seen in the Korea Army Museum's Journal #6 (1999), page 40. This is likely the only example you will ever see offered for sale. There are also 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. 7.5 inches, 19 cm.
Korean Art and Antiques
Large Prehistoric Bronze Age Korean Arrowhead of a scarce type and size illustrated in the catalogue: The 29th United Association of the University Museums of Korea Exhibition - Korea's Bow and Arrow. There are also similar examples of early Korean arrowheads in the December 1934 Transactions of the Korea Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. 1500 - 300 BCE. 6 inches (15 cm).
Extremely Scarce Set of Five Prehistoric Korean Arrowheads from Korea's Neolithic Period 8000-1500 BCE. These faceted arrowheads are identical to the Neolithic arrowheads on page 31 of the catalog, the 29th United Association of the University Museums of Korea Exhibition - Korea's Bow and Arrow, The Military Academy Museum. Sizes range from 1.75 to 3.25 inches. It is unlikely you will ever again see prehistoric Korean arrowheads offered for sale.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1492 item #1361670 (stock #1299)
14th Century Goryeo Dynasty Brass Bowl and Bronze Spoon with exquisite form in the willow-leaf shape popular during that period. Spoon: 10.5 inches, 27 cm. Bowl: 6 inches (15cm) wide, 4.5 inches (11.5cm) high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1323037 (stock #1240)
Beautiful and Rare Korean Joseon Dynasty Silver and Coral Eunjangdo with Very Fine Floral Design. The eunjangdo 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'. 4 inches, 10 cm.
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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1250197 (stock #1161)
Korean Art and Antiques
Set of Three Brass Bowls, (right to left) one Goryeo Dynasty, one Joseon Dynasty, and one Early 20th Century. A fantastic set that spans a thousand years of Korean history. All three are beautiful examples of each time period, with wonderful forms and great patinas. Width and height, starting from the oldest (right to left): 6 x 4 inches (15.25 x 10 cm), 7 x 4 inches (17.75 x 10 cm), 5.5 x 4.5 inches (14 x 11.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1247933 (stock #1119)
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 1900 item #1247932 (stock #1118)
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 #1118495 (stock #0870)
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 #1104341 (stock #0837)
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 #1062903 (stock #0707)
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 #995508 (stock #0471)
Very Fine and Rare Silver Inlaid Iron Brazier (a source of heating and light), hexagonal shape, beautifully rendered and in excellent 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 : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #917411 (stock #0399)
Rare Korean Black Lacquered Arrow Case (Quiver) of bamboo with a design of grapes, peonies, and ferns. Length: 40 inches, 101.5 cm.