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

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

Needle case body
Historical period(s)
Goryeo period, 12th-13th century
Gilt silver
H x Diam: 6.9 x 1.3 cm (2 11/16 x 1/2 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Emblematic of long life, the crane design on this case for needles used in acupuncture therapy reflects the health-giving properties of the treatment.

To 1917
Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, to 1917 [1]

From 1917 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company, New York, New York in 1917 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[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.

Former owner
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Container, Metalwork
crane, engraving, gilding, Goryeo period (918 - 1392), Korea, medicine
Collection(s) Area
Korean Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

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