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Lock for Chest


Artwork Details

Lock for Chest
Late 19th–early 20th century
2 3/16 x 2 3/16 x 11/16 in. (5.4 x 5.4 x 1.6 cm)
Gift of Ok Ja Chang and the Chang Family


Physical Description:

A round metal lock meant to lock a chest. The front of the metal disc is decorated with a line carving of a Korean character surrounded by multiple carved circles and bulb-like motifs. Around the central design is a ring of larger circles.

Locks such as these nickel ones were used for locking chests or stacked chests. Their keys are missing. The Chinese characters “longevity (壽)” and “bliss (福)” are engraved on locks plate 296 (2009/2.88) and plate 297 (2009/2.89), respectively.

[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2017), 247]

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