Korean Dragonwood Scholar’s Chest

1850, Zelkova with dragon grains image (Dragonwood), found on Kangwha Island, prison colony for the Kingdom of Korea for Two thousand years.  It was made for a scholar, member of an elite class, who found  disfavor with the palace and was sent into exiled on this prison colony.

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The chest was discovered after the Japanese Occupation by an esteemed American missionary doctor who went to the prison to treat the sick and the dying. He was allowed to take this chest away as furniture was not valued by the government at that era.  It was certified by an appraiser approved by the government in the 1900s.  This chest, with such magnificent dragon-image grains, deserves to be in a museum.


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