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Gold Pendants

unknownSilla, 4th century

Gyeongju National Museum

Gyeongju National Museum

Pendants like this were generally hung from a crown for ornamental purposes. They are shaped like earrings, but longer. The knots decorating the side were made by tightly wrapping and winding thin gold thread around thicker gold thread in vertical loops. Then, tiny hooks were made by extricating short segments of wire from the knots to form perpendicular crosses, and spangles were hung from the hooks. Trumpet-shaped ornaments dangle from the bottom of the pendants, with small glass beads hooked into place right above them. These pendants are the oldest gold accessories of Silla that have been found to date.

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  • Title: Gold Pendants
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Silla, 4th century
  • Location: Wolseong-ro Tomb no. ga-13, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Korea
  • Type: metal work
  • Rights: Gyeongju National Museum
  • Medium: L 26.4㎝

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