. Chagae Pitchop (Comb Chest). 19th century. lacquer, mother-of-pearl, brass. Museum Purchase. 1971.17.
height: 9.875 in, 25.0825 cm; width: 8.625 in, 21.9075 cm; depth: 12.5 in, 31.7500 cm
1800s, Joseon dynasty
with mother-of-pearl and brass
This chest for hair ornaments and grooming accessories is called chagae pitchop in Korean, which means “comb chest.” The lid has a brass prop that is engraved with Buddhist incantation “Hail the jewel in the lotus!” in Sanskrit characters. Widely used in all sects of Korean Buddhism, the phrase was recited in veneration of Kwanum, the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, as a prayer for good fortune.
At least April 1971, Vance Kirkland [b. 1904, d. 1981], Denver CO; 1971, DAM collection, museum purchase.
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