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Gold Buckle
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Consisting of 53.6 grams of gold, it has a large dragon in the center surrounded by six smaller dragons. The large dragon was made with relatively large grains of gold to make it stand out, with the face exaggerated in expression. Originally 41 small blue gems studded the space between the large dragon and smaller ones but only seven now remain. It is designated as Korean National Treasure No. 89.

History of the Object
This belt buckle made of pure gold is decorated with the granulation technique and features gold wire filigree around the edge. Horseshoe-shaped buckles made of gold or silver have been found not only in Nangnang territory from the Han Dynasty, but also in Xinjiang Uygur and Yunnan Provinces.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Gold 
Measurements
Width 9.4 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
Tomb No. 9 of Seogam-ri, Pyeongyang, Korea 
Geography
Republic of Korea 
Time period
AD 1st century ~ AD 1st century 
Creation date
1st Century; Nangnang 
Function
 
Acquisition
Excavated in Pyeongyang, Korea in 1917 
Copyright
National Museum of Korea 
Acknowledgements
National Museum of Korea, National Museum of Korea Digital Museum 2.0, Seoul:Cultural Foundation of National Museum of Korea, 2007 
Owner
National Museum of Korea 
Museum
National Museum of Korea 
Credit line
National Museum of Korea 

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