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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The uppermost circular ring, which was the part attached to the ear, is made of rolled gold plate with a hollow interior upon whose surface a pattern of hexagons enclosing tiny circles is executed in the granulation technique. The elliptical, central ring is incised with a latticework pattern and is attached to another smaller ring from which a pendant is hung. The pendant consists of two spherical elements hanging one below the other, each encircled by leaf-shaped spangles hanging from tiny rings. The surface of each of these leaf-shaped spangles is meticulously serrated at the edges and on the nib in the middle to assimilate the granulation technique. The lowermost ornament is a seed-shaped drop also elaborately ornamented with granulation. It is designated as Korean Treasure No. 557.

History of the Object
These are among the most splendid gold earrings produced during Silla.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
gold 
Measurements
L. 9.0, 8.6 cm, D. 3.6 cm. (ring) 
Creator name
Anonymous 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 5th century ~ AD 6th century 
Creation date
5th Century - 6th Century; Silla Period 
Function
Ornament 
Acquisition
It is the official position of the Leeum Museum not to publish the provenance of its collection. 
Copyright
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art 
Museum
Leeum Samsung Museum of Art 
Credit line
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art 

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