Blanket Chest (Bandaji)

Artist/maker unknown, Korean

Made in Korea, Asia

Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)

Late 19th - early 20th century

Pine with iron fittings

26 1/4 x 43 x 16 inches (66.7 x 109.2 x 40.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 238, Asian Art, second floor (Baldeck Gallery)

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Marvin Lundy, 2002

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Sturdy chests such as this one, with a front door that opens downward, were designed to store blankets and clothing. Auspicious symbols, many signifying longevity, frequently decorated the metal hardware. Indeed, the large hinges on this bandaji feature the Chinese character “shou,” meaning long life.

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