Gold Earrings

unknownSilla, 5th century

Gyeongju National Museum

Gyeongju National Museum

These earrings feature a single small ring, with a long central ornament and a short accessory ornament attached. The shorter accessory ornaments have the typical shape of most small-ring earrings from Silla. The longer central ornament comprises thin lengths of gold chain, pieces of gold thread, and various decorative attachments, including orbs formed from small gold rings and glass beads, gold spangles shaped like the nib of a pen, and heart-shaped trinkets. The combination of these various shapes and forms creates the highest form of elaborate beauty. Originally, the empty space between the heartshaped attachments and the chains was filled by some unknown material, but its original nature cannot be confirmed.

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  • Title: Gold Earrings
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Silla, 5th century
  • Location: Geumgwanchong Tomb in Noseo-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Korea
  • Type: metal work
  • Rights: Gyeongju National Museum
  • Medium: L 9.7㎝


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