Sunday, April 7, 2013

Golden Treasures: The Royal Tombs of Silla

Golden Treasures: The Royal Tombs of Silla | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art






  • Gyeongju, the capital of the kingdoms of Old Silla (57 B.C.–668 A.D.) and Unified Silla (668–935), is dotted with impressive mounds of royal tombs. Their occupants range from kings, queens, and princes to relatives and nobility blessed into the inner circles of power. From the time of their construction, these tombs have stood as symbols of political authority and cultural grandeur. Some of the most prestigious tombs that have been excavated include Hwangnam-daechong, Geumgwan-chong (Tomb of Gold Crown), and Seobong-chong from the fifth century, and Geumryeong-chong (Tomb of Gold Bell) and Cheonma-chong (Tomb of Heavenly Horse) from the sixth century.

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