A rare work of lacquer art from the Koryo Dynasty, one of only nine pieces left in the world today, has returned to Korea, which so far held none of them.
The National Museum of Korea unveiled the sutra box for Buddhist scriptures on Tuesday. Friends of National Museum of Korea, a private group supporting the state-run museum, purchased the box from a private collector in Japan and donated it to the museum.
The lacquer box measures 22.6 cm in height, 41.9 x 20 cm in length and width and weighs 2.53 kg. The masterpiece is inlaid with elaborate patterns created from over 25,000 slender strips of mother-of-pearl.
The Koryo Dynasty lasted from 918-1392 C.E.