A pair of small cabinets for cosmetics (gyeongdae)

Korean Collection

Accession Nr.: 50.413.1-3
Type: furniture; object for daily use
Date of production:
Late 19th century
Joseon Dynasty
Place of production:
Materials: elmwood; pine-wood
Techniques: copper fittings; lacquered
Dimensions: height: 29 cm
width: 23.6 cm
depth: 34 cm
gyeongdae, 경대 ’small cabinets for cosmetics’

Small cabinets for cosmetics (gyeongdae) are nice pieces of the Korean collection. These characteristic pieces of women’s quarters were placed on the top of other pieces of furniture. They have an openable lid, with a mirror underneath.