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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The bottle found in the northern mound has an exquisite greenish color that seems to absorb the light around it and is similar in shape to the "oinocoe" bottles of Greece. The gold wire around the handle appears to have been added during repair. It is designated as Korean National Treasure No. 193.

History of the Object
Silla glassware has been recovered mainly from large tombs in the Gyeongju area such as Hwangnamdaechong, Cheonmachong, Geumnyeongchong and Seobongchong, all 5th-6th century tombs of royalty or powerful ruling class figure. Like gold crowns and gold belts that were possessed only by a certain class of people. the presence of glassware in the tomb also indicates that the owner was a politically and socially powerful person. The glassware found in Hwangnamdaechong(Great Tomb of Hwangnam) is quite similar to Roman glassware found in Russia and around the Mediterranean in both form and method of production. It is, therefore, presumed to have been transmitted from Eurasia via the Silk Road to China, and then to Silla.

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
Glass 
Measurements
Height 24.7 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
South mound of Hwangnamdaechong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Korea 
Geography
Republic of Korea 
Time period
AD 5th century ~ AD 5th century 
Creation date
5th Century; Silla 
Function
Bottle 
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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