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New Najeon relics bloom at Busan Museum


Busan Museum opens the first introduction exhibition of newly aquired relics this year, "Najeon Chilgi (lacquerware)." The exhibition entitled "Najeon Becomes Art," which introduces six new modern Najeon lacquerware pieces, among the relics purchased in 2020, will be held until June 13.

 Najeon chilgi indicates works that are lacquered, "ottchil," wooden goods such as wooden bowls or furniture and decorated with the Najeon craftwork. Najeon craftwork is the traditional mother-of-pearl decorative inlay technique. It is a traditional craft technique handed down since the Three Kingdoms period in the fifth and sixth centuries. The significant growth of the Korean Najeon can be attributed to the introduction of design and fretsaws in the Modern Period, which has enabled more sophisticated expressions. Najeon chilgi once considered a field of art for daily commodities production, is now gaining recognition for artistic excellence in various fairs. 

 Considering the historical and artistic value, the Busan Museum purchased 93 pieces of modern Najeon chilgi lacquer relics in 2020. Among them, six modern artworks will be revealed, such as the "Najeon Chil Peacock and Peony Pattern Bottle" by Kim Jingab, the Najeon chilgi craftsman representing Modern Period, "Najeon Chilgi Table" with splendid various mother-of-pearl patterns like a phoenix and peach trees and "Najeon-painted Bamboo Patterned Inkstone Box."

 The exhibition is free, and reservations are available online on a first-come-first-serve basis through the Busan Museum website ( Up to 22 visitors are allowed per hour. The exhibition schedule may be canceled or changed depending on the COVID-19 situation. 

◎ How to get there: Daeyeon Station (metro line 2), exit 3. Walk for about 10 minutes towards the UN intersection.

 Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Closed on Mondays.