Ear pendant

Historical period(s)
Three Kingdoms period, early 6th century
Medium
Gold and glass
Dimensions
H: 8 cm (3 1/8 in)
Geography
Korea
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1917.520
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork
Type

Ear pendant

Keywords
earring, granulation, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (1st century BCE - 7th century CE)
Provenance

To 1917Yamanaka & Company, New York to 1917 [1]From 1917 to 1919Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company, New York in 1917 [2]From 1920Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]Notes:[1] Undated folder sheet note. Also see Original Miscellaneous List, S. I. 1270, Freer Galley of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.[2] See note 1.[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Label

Elaborate gold pendants were worn as earrings or suspended from crowns. Tombs in the Kyongju area (capital of the Silla kingdom) yielded ear pendants similar to this single example.This pendant hangs from a loop of solid gold. Sheet-gold, gold wire, gold granulation, and glass beads are combined to form elaborate but delicate designs.

Published References

Ann Yonemura. Korean Art in Western Collections, 5: Korean Art in the Freer Gallery of Art. vol. 4, no. 2 Los Angeles, June 1983. pp. 4-15, pl. 12.

Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum