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Korean Quiver

Place of Origin: Korea, Joseon Period

Date: 18th or 19th century

Total Length: 940mm

Diameter: 63mm

Reference: 035

Status: Sold

Full Description:

A scarce Korean arrow quiver of octagonal box construction.  Made from bamboo, covered with shagreen, and fitted with brass mounts.  The bottom of the case has four rounded half-ball brass feet and the main body has two brass collars with suspension rings, the collars having chased scrolling decoration.  Two dragon squirrels are carved from wood and sit next to each suspension collar.  The top has a hinged lid, with a carved grotesque face of a war dog.

See Boots (1931), plate 10, for similar Korean quivers.

Korean arms & armour are exceedingly rare.  Boots writes that he made a trip to Japan, upon the suggestion from Griffin’s book on Korea, that a large collection of military antiques were taken back to Japan by Hideyoshi’s officers and were in the possession of the imperial household.  He found on his visit that the entire lot had been destroyed in the great earthquake of 1923.