Zelkova Lattice Jang 

Zelkova wood; iron fittings 

Early twentieth century; Kyong'gi Province 
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This jang was originally used as a kitchen cabinet, but the more elegant ones moved into other parts of the home in the twentieth century. Even without the more elegant fittings used on the other chests we have seen in these pages, its mirrored panels (see the black persimmon nong and the zelkova jang ) and rice-papered lattice doors make it decorative enough for the bedroom or dining room.
Rice paper (which is actually made from the bark of the mulberry tree) was applied to the lattice doors to provide air circulation and minimize the effects of the kitchen's dampness. Later generations replaced the paper with glass, which of course defeated the ventilating function of the paper. More recently, the glass has been replaced by paper - but now the paper is not needed because the chest is no longer in the kitchen! The paper is now used to satisfy aesthetic and nostalgic purposes. 
If you look close at the ribs below the doors you can see a slight discoloration of the grain. This would seem at first to be caused by the salt in drippings from sauces which settled here over many years, but the discoloration is on the second rib below the doors, not the first rib. So this is still a mystery.
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2. Linden bandaji
3. Zelkova burl jang
4. Paulownia ham
5. Red paulownia nong
6. Wild walnut nong
7. Red pine ham
8. Cherry bandaji
9. Zelkova bandaji
10. Persimmon nong
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