Silla: Korea's Golden Kingdom - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Silla: Korea's Golden Kingdom

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'A splendid book that focuses on the visual culture of four centuries, tracing Silla's rise on the Korean Peninsula and within the Eurasian world, and its multifaceted cultural transformations. This is the first substantial, accessible publication in English to explore this complex artistic and cultural legacy. This is the best book for understanding the Silla Kingdom' - Korean Times

A beautiful book exploring the art of the Old and Unified Silla Kingdoms

The Silla Kingdom, which flourished in Korea from 57 B.C. to 935 A.D., is known for its intricately crafted ornaments and for the creation of prominent Buddhist temples.

Silla, the exhibition catalogue for a show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, focuses on the striking artistic traditions of the Old and Unified Silla Kingdoms (4th--8th century), and is the first publication in English to explore the artistic and cultural legacy of this ancient realm. Among the topics explored are Korea's position as the eastern culmination of the Silk Road in the first millennium A.D. and the character and evolution of Buddhism, as illuminated by objects from major monuments, temples, and tombs.

The book also presents new research about Silla's ancient capital, Gyeongju, which is known for the Gyerim-ro Dagger, as well as the pottery, glass, and beads discovered in tombs located there. With beautiful reproductions of over 100 magnificent objects, many of which have been designated national treasures of Korea, this volume is highly recommended to anyone wishing to learn more about the glory that was Silla.

  • Author: Soyoung Lee, Assistant Curator, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Denise Patry Leidy Curator, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Date published: October 2013
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-0300197020
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 21 x 2.5cm

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