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Pair of Phoenix and Chicks Pillow Ends

late 19th to early 20th century, Korea

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These pair of bright orange, metal edged circle pillow ends are embedded on a patterned, thick blue cover. In the circle, two phoenix are facing each other with seven chicks next to them.

The symbolism of the nine phoenixes is thought of as fecundity. A pillow decorated with two ends with nine phoenixes each was called Gu-bong-chim (nine phoenix pillow). They were particularly meant for newly wedded couples, wishing them to produce many male offspring.

silk thread, cotton cover
6 in (radius), 4 in (depth)
Inner circle: 4.5 in

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