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Three Kingdoms-era crown and accessories

Jan 08,2018
Name: Gold Crown and Ornaments from Goryeong (Presumed)

Period: Three Kingdoms Period

Location: Yongsan District, central Seoul

Status: National Treasure No. 138

These objects date back to the Gaya confederacy in the Three Kingdoms Period (57 B.C.-668 A.D.).

They are said to have been found in Goryeong, North Gyeongsang.

The gold crown has a 11.5-centimeter (4.5-inch) height and a 20.7-centimeter diameter, with 4 flower-shaped ornaments set on the strap worn on the head.

The wide strap is adorned with round gold sheets.

The curved jade attached to the wide strap is said to have been put there by researchers after the crown was unearthed.

The four flower-shaped ornaments were fixed to the strap using gold thread, with round gold sheets attached to them here and there.

Accessories found with the crown include round, gingko fruit-shaped, and flower-shaped gold accessories, curved jade, gold rings, and gold hanging accessories.

It is not clear where in the crown each one of them was used.

The flower-shaped ornaments are similar to those of the gilt-bronze crown of the Baekje Dynasty unearthed from a jar-coffin tomb in Naju but different from those found in Gyeongju, which arouses the interest of researchers.

The flower-shaped ornaments with pen tip-shaped tops and curved jade hung on the protruding part attached to the wide strap of the crown attract the eye with its beauty.