This is a hanging lantern made of a wooden frame in the shape of square or hexagonal prisms with doors covered with pasted white paper, oil paper, or silk or with a pane of glass. A candle or a small oil lamp was placed inside this handheld lantern. The lantern shown here was made by joining a top board and a bottom board to the cuboid wooden frame, inserting four side panels as doors, and fixing legs at the bottom and a handle on top. A round hole was made on the top board to allow heat to escape, and two loops were affixed to either side of the hole to fasten the handle, which was made of bamboo strips cut to an adequate length. Doors were designed to be lifted upward like sliding doors, and at the lower center of the door was a small ring-shaped handle to lift the doors. The doors had muntins in the shape of 亞 like doors and windows, and were lined with blue fine gauze. The decorative wood panels above the doors included muntins as a fixture, with horizontal straight lines at both sides and a bat design in the middle. Inside the lantern, a cylindrical candleholder was secured to the bottom board and could be twisted to be inserted or removed.


  • Title: Lantern
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Republic of Korea
  • Location: 한국
  • Physical Dimensions: Height 22 Length 13 Width 12.3
  • Type: Housing/Daily Supplies/Family Heirloom Item/Lighting Fixture/Lamp
  • Medium: Wood

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