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Pair of Earrings

Asian Art

Royal tombs near the Silla capital city, Gyeongju, in southeast Korea, have yielded sophisticated gold adornments including crowns and earrings. Elaborate pendants like these were either worn as earrings or suspended from the sides of royal crowns to mimic earrings. Granulation, or decoration with small individual gold beads, is applied to the sheathing of the earrings’ upper segment and used to outline the individual leaf shape of the gold spangles and lower leaves. The technique is thought to have developed in Mesopotamia around the eighteenth century B.C.E. and then spread through Persia to the Greek and Roman empires, eventually traveling across the great Central Asia trade routes to China and the rest of East Asia. Its diffusion demonstrates the importance of Silk Road trade to East Asian material culture.
CULTURE Korean
MEDIUM Gold, probably over a lacquer core
DATES 6th century C.E.
PERIOD Three Kingdoms period, Silla kingdom
DIMENSIONS Length of each earring: 3 9/16 in. (9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2013.3a-b
CREDIT LINE Gift of Theodora Wilbour and Jane Van Vleck, by exchange and Designated Purchase Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Korean. Pair of Earrings, 6th century C.E. Gold, probably over a lacquer core, Length of each earring: 3 9/16 in. (9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Theodora Wilbour and Jane Van Vleck, by exchange and Designated Purchase Fund, 2013.3a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2013.3a-b_detail1_PS9.jpg)
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Korean. <em>Pair of Earrings</em>, 6th century C.E. Gold, probably over a lacquer core, Length of each earring: 3 9/16 in. (9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Theodora Wilbour and Jane Van Vleck, by exchange and Designated Purchase Fund, 2013.3a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2013.3a-b_detail1_PS9.jpg)