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    Pair of gold earrings from Korea, Silla dynasty, 5th-6th centuries. This pair of gold earrings appears to have been worn with strings around the ear lobe. Both the custom of wearing earrings, and the technique of granulation are thought have come to Korea through the Han colony at Nangnang in northern China. However, the Chinese wore glass earrings and it is thought that the Koreans introduced gold ones in the fourth century. The isolated kingdom of Silla was long known to Arab traders and travellers, who commented on the abundance of gold there. Excavations of royal tombs near Silla's capital, Kumsong, or 'City of Gold' (modern Kyongju) have unearthed magnificent royal regalia in sheet gold, including crowns, belts, shoes, earrings, necklaces and vessels. These earrings probably came from a tomb in the Kyongju area. OA, 1938.5-24.242

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