Belt Ornament

918–1392
Overall: 3.9 x 4.5 cm (1 9/16 x 1 3/4 in.)
Location: not on view
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The Japanese antique dealer Yamanaka & Company, which opened its branches in New York (1895) and Boston (1899) sold small Korean archaeological materials such as this belt ornament to American collectors in the early 20th century.

Description

Metallurgy advanced remarkably in the Goryeo period (918-1392), explaining why a large quantity of sophisticated metal artifacts with delicate designs were used not only as daily accessories but also as burial goods. Belt ornaments like this example were fixed to leather belts.
Belt Ornament

Belt Ornament

918–1392

Korea, Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

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