1880, pear wood with brass fixtures and red mineral color, found on Kangwha Island. 26″ w, 14″ d, 14.5″ h.
This box was used to store wedding gifts for the bride. The beautiful brass lock-plate is in the motif of a lotus, signifying purity. A brass handle is on each side of the box, making it easy to move around. A wedding box like this is usually given by a groom to his bride to keep valuable small items. The bride usually keeps it on top of a clothing storage chest in the women’s quarter (anch’ae) after the marriage.
This box was found on Kangwha Island, a political prison colony for the Kingdom of Korea for two thousand years. According to a professor of Korean history and antiquity, red mineral color was used only in the palace in Korea in that era, so this could be a royal wedding box, a valuable piece to collect. It is certified.