Second Rank Military Official's Insignia with Lion

unknownKorea, Joseon Dynasty

Sookmyung Women’s University Museum

Sookmyung Women’s University Museum

This is an insignia from the family of Yi Jun-min (1524-1590), who served as Jeongipum (Senior Second Rank) Jwachamchan. In Buddhism, the lion is considered a magical animal that upholds the Buddha dharma and the truth, and symbolizes authority and dignity. The body of the lion was embroidered in blue thread, with a furry tail that appears rolled up. Its curly mane was embroidered in gold couching stitch.

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  • Title: Second Rank Military Official's Insignia with Lion
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date: Korea, Joseon Dynasty
  • Physical Dimensions: w34.5 x h34.5 cm
  • Provenance: Sookmyung Women's University Museum
  • Type: embroidery