Hand-Carved, Symbol of Unity & Fidelity
[Yegaminsok] Korean Mandarin Duck Set
In the old days, it was customary for Korean newlyweds to get a pair of duck carvings as a marriage gift.
That's because Mandarin ducks stay monogamous. Unlike other ducks, once a mandarin ducks finds a partner, they remain with that partner until death! They've become a symbol for unity and fidelity.
After the wedding, the ducks are displayed prominently somewhere in the house - often times on a large shelf in the living room. If the couple is doing well, the ducks are oriented facing each other. If the couple is arguing, he or she may turn one of the ducks around so that they are facing away from each other.
Modern wedding ducks are often mass-produced in a factory. But today, we present a premium-quality set that is hand made by a Korean artisan. Yegaminsok ducks are made one-by-one - with delicate care and quality. It's made from a mountainous Korean tree. The trunk is slowly dried to prevent cracking and then meticulously hand-carved into shape. It's then painted with vibrant colors, followed by a fresh coat of Ottchil lacquer. This lacquer provides outstanding durability and prevents wood from any decay or deformation. You'll notice the quality when you hold it in your hands!
More info: The green duck represents the husband, while the red represent the wife. The ribbon around both beaks signify that listening (as opposed to talking) is a virtue in married life.
We purchased this as a gift for our friends upcoming wedding but I almost don't want to give them away! They're beautifully made and I'm considering getting a second set for our own home.
Additionally, they were delivered in a very nice shipping box and you can see the thought and care Gochujar takes with their orders. I even received a small hand-written note!
- Premium-quality Korean mandarin duck set - a pair of 2 ducks
- Hand-carved and painted one-by-one by a Korean artisan (not mass produced)
- Coated with traditional Ottchil Lacquer - will last a lifetime
- Comes beautifully packaged in a vibrant Korean cloth
- Works great as a wedding or housewarming gift!
A: Yes - the pair of ducks come wrapped in this traditional Korean cloth. Perfect for giving as a gift!
A: Yes it is. Made by a Korean woodcraft artisan.
A: It's about the length of your stretched hands. (18.5 cm to be exact)
A: No. It feels fairly light (about 100 grams for each duck)
A: Korea. All products in Gochujar are made in Korea!
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About The Brand
Yegaminsok is a woodcraft artisan shop that specializes in Korean Mandarin Duck carvings. They hand carve and paint each duck, one-by-one. Each Mandarin Duck is finished with a coating of traditional Ottchil lacquer to help preserve the bright colors and wood quality.