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pojagi

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1991,1223.4

  • Description

    Wrapping cloth ('pojaggi'), made of scraps of left-over material sewn together in a patchwork and used for wrapping gifts and covering food. Loop handle attached to centre.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1875-1925
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 45 centimetres
    • Width: 45 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Portal 2000:
    Wooden sculptures of ducks (called 'kirogi') were a central feature of traditional Korean wedding ceremonies (see BM 1991.1220.1). They derived from the offering of a live goose by the bride-groom to the bride's mother, as a symbol of faithfulness. The bride's mother would then feed noodles to the goose, the noodles symbolizing long life and her approval of the marriage. Wooden ducks were used as replacements for the live goose. They were often beautifully carved and painted with bright colours, then wrapped in 'pojagi' or wrapping cloth.

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  • Bibliography

    • Portal 2000 figure 86 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2000-2010, Nov-Jul, BM, Gallery 67

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1991

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1991,1223.4

Pojaggi (wrapping cloth). Made of ivory silk. Top of multicoloured silk patchwork. Loop handle attached to centre.

Pojaggi (wrapping cloth). Made of ivory silk. Top of multicoloured silk patchwork. Loop handle attached to centre.

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