storage chest

storage chest

19th century
Country
Korea
storage chest
zelkova and ash woods with brass fittings
Gift of William H. Downs
1932.10
. storage chest. 19th century. zelkova and ash woods with brass fittings. Gift of William H. Downs. 1932.10.
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Dimensions
height: 34 in, 86.3600 cm; width: 38 in, 96.5200 cm; depth: 17 in, 43.1800 cm
Inscription
Characters on five hinges, left to right, are 1) healthy, peaceful, 2) wealth, honor, 3) bright or full moon, 4) honorable male, 5) longevity, good fortune. Two happiness characters on the lock.
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian

Storage Chest
Korea
1800s, Joseon dynasty
Wood with metal fittings
Gift of William H. Downs
1932.10

This style of chest, known as a blanket chest, was actually used for storing clothing, though there would often be blankets folded on top.  The Korean name, half-closing chest (bandaji), describes the construction of the chest with its hinged drop-front panel.  The elaborate brass decoration includes the auspicious bat, rooter and coin motifs, symbolizing good fortune, dawn, and wealth respectively.  Worked into the lock-plate are two Chinese “double happiness” symbols, suggesting that perhaps the chest was part of a wedding dowry.  A date corresponding to 1872 is engraved into the brass latch.