Ornament with Heron and Turtle Design

금동 왜가리·거북무늬 꾸미개 (金銅鷺龜文裝身具)

1100s
Overall: 3.5 x 2.6 cm (1 3/8 x 1 in.)
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This metal ornament is part of a decorative brooch once used to hold clothes together.

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Metalworking techniques advanced remarkably during the Goryeo period (918–1392). Sophisticated metal objects with intricate designs were used not only as daily accessories, but also as burial goods for commemorating the dead. Traces of fibers found on the backs of these metal ornaments suggest that they were once used as brooches to hold garments together.
Ornament with Heron and Turtle Design

Ornament with Heron and Turtle Design

1100s

Korea, Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

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