1850, Zelkova with dragon image grain-pattern (Dragon-wood), Kangwha Island, prison colony for the Kingdom of Korea for two thousand years.
The chest was discovered on Kangwha Island 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. The chest was made for a scholar, a member of an elite class, who found disfavor at Court and was sent into exile on this prison colony. Dragon-wood is the highest prized wood in both Korea and Japan as the dragon signifies a heavenly king. The chest was certified by an appraiser, one of only thirteen approved by the government in the 1900s. This chest, with such magnificent dragon-image grain pattern, deserves to be in a museum.