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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Made of three thin bronze plates joined together and covered in a thick coat of gold, the shoes are symmetrical with one plate used for the soles and one plate each for the sides. The design on the soles consists of two rows of bead and flame designs running around the edge and the tortoise-shell pattern in the center, and inside part of the tortoise-shell pattern there are eleven lotus-flowers with eight petals each placed at regular intervals. The tortoise-shell sections in the center are filled with an alternate pattern of goblins and a pair of birds, and in symmetry at either side a bird with human head, bird, kylin, and fish with wings. The design on the side plates of the shoes are the same as those on the soles, except inside the tortoise-shell pattern. At the heel, on both left and right sides, there is the figure of a four-legged animal with long snout dawdling along.

History of the Object
Singnichong, or the Tomb of the Shoes, is a wooden-chamber tomb with stone and earth mound. The tomb measures over 19m in diameter and yielded some exotic bronze dishes, and a pair of gilt-bronze shoes. The shoes were found in a damaged state at the foot of the corpse.

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
Gold 
Measurements
Length Left 32.0 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
Singnichong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Korea 
Geography
Republic of Korea 
Time period
AD 5th century ~ AD 5th century 
Creation date
5th Century; Silla 
Function
Burial materials 
Acquisition
Excavated in Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Korea 
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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