East Asian Art
Chest (Bandaji)Made in Korea, Asia
Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), Late 19th - early 20th century
Artist/maker unknown, Korean
Linden wood; iron fittings
Currently not on view
1945-57-158Gift of Elise Robinson Paumgarten from the Sallie Crozer Hilprecht Collection, 1945
LabelThe bandaji, as the most essential type of furniture for a Joseon dynasty household, was produced throughout the Korean peninsula, and each region developed its own unique style. The elaborate ironwork on this piece is typical of works made in the northern region, possibly the Pyongyang area. Pyongyang chests can also be recognized by the type of wood used; linden wood does not have a strong grain pattern and therefore complements the openwork decoration of the iron fittings. Pine, paulownia, or zelkova were more commonly used in other parts of the peninsula.