Double Chest with Embroidered Panels

unknownKorea, Late Joseon Dynasty

Sookmyung Women’s University Museum

Sookmyung Women’s University Museum

This is a splendid chest, the frame of which is made of paulownia wood, where threads in the five traditional colors were embroidered on a red fabric used as the background. The embroidered chest is said to have been produced for the garye (wedding) of Queen Sunwon, who was the wife of Sunjo, the 23rd king of the Joseon dynasty. The ten traditional symbols of longevity were embroidered on the door, and on the lower part of the door, lotus flower and mandarin duck designs were embroidered so as to wish for the couple to be happy and bear many children.
Designated as Important Folklore Material No.59

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  • Title: Double Chest with Embroidered Panels
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date: Korea, Late Joseon Dynasty
  • Physical Dimensions: w77.4 x h138.7 x d42.5 cm
  • Provenance: Sookmyung Women's University Museum
  • Type: embroidery