Decorative pendant (Samjak norigae)
20th Century, with older components (jeweled butterfly, coral branch, jade, and amber)
Gift of the Lee Young Hee Museum
From the Korea Gallery at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. This exhibition presents Korea's millennia of history and its distinctive culture through ceramics, paintings, textiles and sculptures, ranging from the 6th century B.C. to the 21st century.
Korean weddings celebrate a courtly past. Many of the beautiful clothes and rituals originated during the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910). At that time only members of the court, shamans, and performers dressed colorfully, and commoners had to wear white. One exception was a wedding, when the bride, groom, and others as well, donned colorful, courtly clothes.
Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution 2007.