New York's Met to Show Shilla Treasures

      June 05, 2013 12:05

      Over 100 artifacts from the Shilla Kingdom will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for four months from late October this year.

      The museum has a dedicated 180 sq.m Korean gallery on the second floor but will allocate a 650 sq. m hall on the first floor for the exhibition. The hall is next to the Greek and Roman galleries, the most visited galleries in the museum.

      It is the first show of Shilla-era artifacts in the West and also the first time a Korea-themed show is being mounted at the hall.

      Above: A Shilla-era gold crown and a seated golden statue of Buddha. Below: Visitors attend the briefing session for an exhibition of artifacts from the Shilla Kingdom opening in October at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. /Newsis

      Visitors will see artifacts from the ancient Korean kingdom that were created between 400 and 800 A.D., on loan from the National Museum of Korea and the Gyeongju National Museum. They include some 20 objects that are designated national treasures.

      The show will screen a video featuring UNESCO World Heritage sites in Korea, including the Seokguram Grotto in Gyeongju, the kingdom's ancient capital.

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