Rare Scholar’s Document Chest


Ca 1860, found in Kangwha Island, lime wood, mother-of-pearl inlay; made for high-ranking court official; certified.
28½” h. 34¾ w. 15½” d.

This chest is very rare in Korea.  It was found in Kangwha Island, a political prison colony for the Kingdom of Korea for two thousand years.  Many treasures were found there by an esteemed  American missionary doctor who went there to tend to the sick and dying after the Japanese Occupation.   He was allowed to take furniture away as furniture was not treasured by the elite class of the time.  Bamboo signifies loyalty to the king.  The chest was used to store the scholar’s clothing.  The antiquity was certified by a Korea Professor of Korean History and Antiquity.