Cherry Bandaji 

Cherry and zelkova woods; iron fittings; oil finish. 

Late nineteenth century; Cheju Island. 
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Zelkova, a hardy wood, does not need the ironinng-and-straw massage used on paulownia (see the black paulownia nong) to highlight its grain or protect it; pineseed oil, however, was rubbed into the wood with straw. 
The bandaji was used by both aristocrats and commoners, but a commoner would not have been easily able to afford the work that went into this one. Whether the chest was owned by a commoner or not, its craftsman adhered strictly to the traditional design of his region, as craftsmen did in every region throughout the country. 
Cherry was a favored wood for the bandaji on Cheju Island and its closest neighbor, the southern coast of the peninsula. The region is far from the sophisticated urban influence of Naju, Sangju and Seoul-Kyong'gi Province, and the fittings on their chests are neither spare nor subtle.
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