Silla became an ancient state under the Maripgan rulers of the mid-fourth century. At the time, many wooden chamber tombs covered by stone and earthen mounds containing gold artifacts were constructed in the center of Gyeongju as well as the surrounding areas. The Maripgan (King) and his family wore various gold, silver, and gilt-bronze objects as adornment and used gold and silver bowls. The gold crown is representative of the Silla gold culture but only six gold crowns that have been discovered thus far appear to have been manufactured in one particular century. Judging by the elaborate and splendid design, this gold crown from Cheonmachong Tomb displays the form common to the latter years of the Silla period. Silla saw gold as the symbol of power and authority of its leaders.
Cheonmachong Tomb, Gyeongju
Silla, 6th Century CE / H 32.5 cm / National Treasure No. 188
𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐚 𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐮𝐦
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of excavated artifacts from the major historical sites including earthenware and tiles from the Silla era. The open gallery is designed to help visitors understand the materials of each cultural object, the collection registration process, the conservation science and the
conservation environment. In addition, visitors can take a first-hand look at the inside of
the storage, the collection registration room, and the research room which have not been open to the public before.