Ornament with Bat Design

Ornament with Bat Design

청동 박쥐무늬 꾸미개 (靑銅蝙文金銅裝飾)

1200s

Bronze

Diameter: 2.6 cm (1 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1917.1047

Location

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This metal ornament is part of a decorative brooch once used to hold clothes together.

Description

Metallurgy advanced remarkably in the Goryeo period (918-1392), explaining why a large quantity of sophisticated artifacts with delicate designs were used not only as daily accessories but also as burial goods. A small trace of fibers found on the back of this type of metal ornament suggests that it might have been used as a brooch or pin to hold clothes together.

See also
Collection: 
Korean Art
Department: 
Korean Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Bronze

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