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Ear pendant
6th century


Three Kingdoms period

Gold
H: 8.5 cm
Korea

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1917.521a-c

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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 pair (F1917.521-522).These pendants hang from hollow gold loops. Sheet-gold and beaded gold wire are combined to form elaborate but delicate designs.