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Ear pendant
early 6th century

Unidentified, Korean
Three Kingdoms period

Gold and glass
H: 8.0 cm

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1917.520

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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.

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