Korean Sharkskin Wedding Box


1860. lime wood with sharkskin and brass wire inlaid, found on Kangwha Island. Certified.

This wedding box was used to store wedding gift for likely a bride in the palace as it is inlaid with rare sharkskin and scrolling thin brass wire, a labor-intensive work only someone of the elite class could afford.  It was recovered after the Japanese Occupation from a political prison colony for the Kingdom of Korea for two thousand years.  It is all-original, in excellent condition.  It is certified rare by a Korean Professor of Korean History and Antiquity, one of only thirteen certifiers approved by the Korean government in the 1900s.  (Certified under No. 5)