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Loan Object

Bracelet with a Comma-Shaped Ornament (Gogok)

5th–6th century c.e.

Quartz and glass

Pendant with Beads: 4 3/4 × 3/4 × 1/4 in. (12.07 × 1.91 × 0.64 cm) Large Pendant: 1 7/8 × 1 × 5/8 in. (4.76 × 2.54 × 1.59 cm) Small Pendant: 1 1/16 × 3/8 × 1/4 in. (2.7 × 0.95 × 0.64 cm)
Lent by the Peabody Museum of Natural History, YPM ANT 295688
ILE2017.13.10.1-.3
In Korea, comma-shaped ornaments decorated belts, crowns, necklaces, and bracelets. This bracelet combines quartz with forty-two small, dark blue glass beads. Known as Indo-Pacific beads, they were made in southern India for trade to Southeast Asia and beyond. Thousands of these glass beads have been excavated in Korea, attesting to the importance of maritime trade to Silla, which was located in the southern part of the peninsula.
Geography: 
Korea
Status: 
On view*
Culture: 
Korean
Period: 
Silla Kingdom (57 b.c.e.–676 c.e.)
Classification: 
Jewelry
Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.