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Bronze Ritual Artifact
SN28
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

As the top edge has six holes in it, each a little worn around the edges, the artifact was probably hung with string when in use. It is marked with a decorated stripe down the middle and around the edges, and pictures are engraved on either side. On the right there is a man digging up the land with a long feather-like object on his head and a man holding up a hoe. On the left there is a person putting things into a jar. On the back, both sides bear a picture of a tree with birds sitting on its two branches. This object gives us a glimpse of Bronze Age agricultural society and rites related to farming.

History of the Object
Though only the top half of this bronze artifact remains, the agricultural scenes depicted on it suggest that it was used in a farming-related ritual.

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
Width 12.8 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Daejeon, Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
BCE 5th century ~ AD 1st century 
Creation date
BCE; Early Iron Age 
Function
Ritual Object 
Acquisition
Purchased in 1969 
Copyright
National Museum of Korea 
Acknowledgements
National Museum of Korea, National Museum of Korea Digital Museum 2.0, Cultural Foundation of National Museum of Korea, Seoul, 2007 
Owner
National Museum of Korea 
Museum
National Museum of Korea 
Credit line
National Museum of Korea 

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  • Elena Khokhlova316 weeks ago

    This is not my favorite one, but I wanted to thank you for such a wonderful website. This is what I looked for a long time. And special thanks for the image download option!

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