Art of the Ancient World, C. 5000 B.c.e.–400 C.E.

Early Japan and Korea

What is the Silla Crown?

Though influenced by the art and culture of China, Korean art is distinct and has a long history. Around 100 B.C.E. a kingdom known as the Silla Kingdom took control over most of the Korean peninsula. The Silla Crown is a gold and jade headpiece likely made somewhere between the fifth and sixth centuries C.E. Made from sheets of gold and adorned with jewels and spangles, the upright styling of the crown has been linked to either trees or antlers, which symbolize life and supernatural power. It is possible that this crown was either ceremonial, or never meant to be worn at all.

The Silla Crown is an example of ancient Korea’s distinctive artistic style.


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