Gold Mounted Cups

unknownSilla, 5th century

Gyeongju National Museum

Gyeongju National Museum

This gold mounted cup bears a great resemblance to other cups made out of earth. The cup, which does not have a separate lid, was made by beating gold plates into the desired shape. The edge of the mouth bends outwards along the rim, and seven gold spangles dangle from the rim. To form the base, two long, thin pieces of gold plate, each with five square holes, were curled into a circle and attached to one another with another folded piece of gold plate, creating two lines of embossed belt. A U-shaped rim is attached separately at the bottom. The cup and the base were connected by protrusions on the top of the base, which fit into holes on the bottom of the cup.

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  • Title: Gold Mounted Cups
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Silla, 5th century
  • Location: Hwangnamdaechong Tomb in Hwangnam-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Korea
  • Type: metal work
  • Rights: Gyeongju National Museum
  • Medium: H 9cm


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