On View: Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
Traditional military skills such as archery remained part of the training of Korean aristocrats even after those skills had fallen out of use in modern combat. This decorative quiver would have held arrows for use in refined sporting competitions. It would have hung over the shoulder on a strap that is now gone. Its bamboo body has carved line drawings of the ten traditional symbols of longevity, including the pine tree, deer, and crane, while its latch is in the form of another long-lived beast, the tortoise.
Brass, bamboo and wood
Gift of Robert S. Anderson
Quiver, 19th century. Brass, bamboo and wood, 2 3/16 x 38 9/16 in. (5.5 x 98 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Robert S. Anderson, 84.244.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 84.244.4.jpg)
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Was this used as a weapon?
By the time this was made, the bow and arrow had been largely replaced with the gun; archery had become a sport. That being said, this quiver was used for holding arrows. The design includes symbols for longevity—the lid is in the shape of the head of a turtle, an animal known for living a long time.
Oh thank you so much.