Red Pine Ham 

Red pine; wrought iron fittings; loess base under natural lacquer, under pineseed oil finish. 
Mid to late nineteenth century; Kyongsang Province. 
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Probably the most prominent means of class identification in the Chosun dynasty was headgear. Males of the aristocracy identified their exalted rank with a special hat called a kat. This important piece of identification was treated with due respect and stored in a carefully crafted hat ham
Initial treatment of the wood in this piece was probably a base application of finely ground loess soil paste; after the paste achieved its function of protection and toning the craftsman wiped off what had not soaked into the wood's pores, and then put a layer or two of natural lacquer. He then applied the finishing touch, pineseed oil. 
A special feature of this piece is its tongue fastener, unusually long for a ham
(The actual hue is a darker brown than what you see in the photo.)
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