[Treasure] Baekje-era queen’s simple gold necklaces
Location: Gongju, South Chungcheong
Status: National Treasure No. 158
These necklaces belonged to the Queen Consort of King Muryeong, the 25th king of the Baekje Kingdom.
The 14-centimeter (5.5-inch) necklace is composed of seven parts while the 16-centimeter necklace is made up of nine parts.
When excavated, the seven-part necklace was discovered beneath the nine-part one, indicating that the seven-part necklace was probably worn before the nine-part one.
A beautifully curved hexagonal golden stick is narrowed into a loop, linking it with other loops made in the same way.
The leftover parts of the rings are tied firmly around the body, 10 to 11 times for the smaller one and six to eight times for the larger one.
The skill displayed in hanging the gold bars with tiny chains is outstanding.
Each necklace has a simple design and is surprisingly modern and refined, without any complicated ornamentation.
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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