Silla glassware has been recovered mainly from large tombs in the Gyeongju area such as Hwangnamdaechong, Cheonmachong, Geumnyeongchong and Seobongchong, all 5th-6th century tombs of royalty or powerful ruling class figure. Like gold crowns and gold belts that were possessed only by a certain class of people. the presence of glassware in the tomb also indicates that the owner was a politically and socially powerful person. The glassware found in Hwangnamdaechong(Great Tomb of Hwangnam) is quite similar to Roman glassware found in Russia and around the Mediterranean in both form and method of production. It is, therefore, presumed to have been transmitted from Eurasia via the Silk Road to China, and then to Silla.

Provenance: South mound, Hwangnamdaechong, Hwangnam-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Materials: Glass

Dimensions: H. 24.8cm

Designation: National Treasure No. 193

Accession Number: Hwangnam 3321

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Region: Asia and the Pacific

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