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Comma-shaped Pendant


Artwork Details

Comma-shaped Pendant
5th century - 6th century
2 13/16 x 1 3/4 in. (7.1 x 4.3 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund


Subject Matter:

It was popularly used to make necklaces or as pendants attached to a crown or other accessories.

Physical Description:

It looks like a rescent, animal's tooth or fetus. There is a hole and some carved line on the head part.

This is a comma-shaped bead made from dark green jade. Such crescent moon-shaped beads, referred to as gogok, were used to decorate golden crowns, clothing, and belts. This example, which was attached to other ornaments via the hole in its head, is typical of comma-shaped beads of the Three Kingdoms period. Three parallel lines are incised across the hole, from which four more incised lines radiate upwards.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2017) p.33]

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