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Ear pendant

Ear pendant
Historical period(s)
Three Kingdoms period, early 6th century
Gold and glass
H: 8 cm (3 1/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Elaborate gold pendants were worn as earrings or suspended from crowns. Tombs in the Kyongju area (capital of the Silla kingdom) yielded ear pendants similar to this single example.This pendant hangs from a loop of solid gold. Sheet-gold, gold wire, gold granulation, and glass beads are combined to form elaborate but delicate designs.

To 1917
Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, to 1917 [1]

From 1917 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1917 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] Undated folder sheet note. Also see Original Miscellaneous List, S. I. 1270, Freer Galley of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Former owner
C.L. Freer source: Yamanaka and Co. , New York
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork
earring, granulation, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (1st century BCE - 7th century CE)
Collection(s) Area
Korean Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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