A glittering ancient craft
These particular earrings were found in a couple’s tomb in Bomun-dong, Gyeongju, the capital city of Silla, now in North Gyeongsang. The earrings, 8.7 centimeters (3.4 inches) long, are divided into two parts. Thicker versions are made of plates of gold that are not as heavy as they appear.
This pair is the most sophisticated and splendid of all the earrings recovered from Silla, displaying the pinnacle of the era’s refined sense of beauty and craftsmanship.
On the central part of the earrings is inscribed the patterns of a turtle’s back, consisting of hundreds of golden particles, and dozens of tree-leaf patterns.
Name: Gold earrings
Period: Silla, 5th century
Location: National Museum of Korea
Status: National Treasure No. 90
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