Earring (One of a Pair)

Period: Three Kingdoms period, Gaya federation (42–562)

Date: end of 5th century

Culture: Korea

Medium: Gold

Dimensions: H. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm); W. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); D. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)

Classification: Jewelry

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1943

Accession Number: 43.49.5


Gold earrings were worn by both men and women of the Silla and Gaya elite and are the most prevalent type of jewelry found in tombs. Goldsmith techniques on display here range from simple hammering to the more complex method of granulation, in which tiny gold beads were adhered to the surface to create intricate designs.