2016-302 – Korean Crown Mandala

Gold Crown from Silla, Korean - source: Gyeongju National Museum
Gold Crown from Cheonmachong, Korea
source: Gyeongju National Museum, No. 188

New Week::New Theme: Crowning Glory

We start this week with a stunning piece of 5th-7th century artistry from Cheonmachong Korea. It’s one of six crowns of Silla, all of which are heralded as Korean national treasures. “The Silla crowns are some of the most spectacular treasures uncovered in the tumuli of Gyeongju, South Korea, the capital of Silla and Unified Silla.” – wikipedia.org

Along with its round structure, it also contains many mandala-like golden accent pieces that when worn outside on a sunny day must magically reflect golden rays of light in all directions.

About this crown from wikipedia:

The Gold Crown from Cheonmachong … is currently housed in Gyeongju National Museum. The crown was designated as the 188th National Treasure of Korea on December 7, 1978. The crown was found in Cheonmachong (Tomb No. 155, also known as The Heavenly Horse Tomb) in 1973 and is believed to be the crown of King Soji or King Jijeung.

The crown is 32.5 centimeters in height.

There are three prongs forming the Chinese character 山 “mountain” on the front of the crown. There are also two prongs in the shape of a deer antler on the back. This crown also has two dangling chains of gold in the shape of leaves hanging from the end of the headband. Notably, the tree-like prongs of this crown have four branches instead of the more common used three branch motif.

View a series of Korean youtube.com videos posted by Kara Sora that explore the excavations of the Silla tombs including their golden crowns.

Inspiration For Today

Just as this crown reflects light in all directions from its tiny ornate orbs, we too can reflect our own Light of higher vibrational energy (peace, love, joy, gratitude) in all directions by breathing in said energy in through our own “crown” and exhaling it outward.

Happy Coloring!

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