1860, sharkskin/brass wire inlay, iron fittings, found on Kangwha Island, Kyung Ki Do Province. Certified.
This rare chest was found on Kangwha Island, a political prison colony for the Kingdom of Korea for two thousand years. It was discovered by a missionary doctor who went to the prison to treat the sick and dying after the Japanese Occupation. This chest, highly decorated with rare sharkskin and reverse brass wire was most likely property of a high official from the palace to use it to store his clothing or treasured personal belongings. Furniture was not highly valued by the government at that time so he was allowed to take it to the prison with him for personal use. The iron metal-ware is handmade and all original It was certified rare by one of only thirteen certifiers approved by the Korean government in the 1900s.