Sharkskin/Brasswire Inlaid Bean Chest


1860. chestnut wood with sharkskin, brass-wire inlay, found on Kang Wha Island.

This chest was found on Kang Wha Island, a political prison colony for the Kingdom of Korea for two thousand years.  It was here that many members of elite class in disgrace were sent into exile.  Furniture was not highly regarded and was allowed to be taken to the island prison for personal use.  This bean chest was discovered on the island after the Japanese Occupation by an American missionary doctor who went to the prison to treat the sick and the dying.  He was allowed to take furniture away as furniture was not valued by the government of the time.  This piece was certified by a Professor of Korean History and Antiquity in the !900s.

Price: $57,000