Body for acupuncture needle case (set with F1917.539)

Historical period(s)
Goryeo period, 12th-13th century
Medium
Gilt silver
Dimensions
H x Diam: 6.9 x 1.3 cm (2 11/16 x 1/2 in)
Geography
Korea
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1917.538
On View Location
Freer Gallery 14: Rediscovering Korea's Past
Classification(s)
Container, Metalwork
Type

Needle case body

Keywords
crane, engraving, gilding, Goryeo period (918 - 1392), Korea, medicine
Provenance

To 1917Yamanaka & Company, New York to 1917 [1]From 1917 to 1919Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company, New York in 1917 [2]From 1920Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]Notes:[1] Undated folder sheet note. Also see Original Miscellaneous List, S. I. 1270, Freer Galley of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.[2] See note 1.[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Label

Emblematic of long life, the crane design on this case for needles used in acupuncture therapy reflects the health-giving properties of the treatment.

Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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