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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Mother of Pearl Jewelry Box of Drawers Inlaid with Mandarin Ducks Design

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This exquisite jewelry box is lavishly decorated with a scene of two mandarin ducks spending a happy moment in a densely wooded forest. The main motif is situated in a circle at the front center, creating a wonderful contrast of colors between it and the rest of the design. In Korea, mandarin ducks are regarded as a symbol of a happily married couple who remain faithful to their partner their entire lives. The houseware coated with natural lacquer has long been used in East Asia for its glossy beauty as well as its practicality for being strong, watertight and antibacterial.

The structure of the two doors above and a drawer below, as well as the three drawers and hooks on the inside which is designed to rotate for hanging necklaces conveniently, is conceived from the traditional Korean wardrobe, and offers a pleasant way for storing valuable personal ornaments such as jewelry.

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