Gold Crown

National Treasure #188
Silla Kingdom, 5th-6th century AD
Gyeongju, Korea

This gold crown, National Treasure #188, was found in the Flying Horse Tomb (Cheonmachong). The crown is decorated with gold pendants and comma-shaped jades (gogok). Its tree-shaped uprights, one in front and one on either side, have four branches instead of the usual three. There are two antler-shaped uprights in back. Siberian shaman caps also display a tree-and-antler motif, which suggests a Siberian origin for the Silla design.