Title : Special Postage Stamps for 5000 Years of Korean Art Series (1st Issue)
Stamp Serial#
1126 
KPC#
C-815 
MICHEL#
1152 
StanGib#
1354 
Scott#
1164 
Date of Issue
04/01/1979 
Quantity
5,000,000 
Denomination
20Won 
Design
Gold Crown with Pendants 
Designer
Park, Yeo song 
Image Area
23mmí┐33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5í┐5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of Korea 
Description
An exhibition of 354 artistic masterpieces representing "5000 years of Korean art" is to be held in seven major cities of the United States from May 1 this year through the end of June 1981. In commemorations of this significant event, the Ministry of Communications is issuing a total of 30 kinds of special postage stamps on six occasions during the exhibition period - 5 kinds of stamps each time - in order to give a fresh image of Korea with abundant cultural inheritance, at the same time showing iff the excellent quality of our traditional culture to the entire world. Degigns to be used as the themes of those special stamps are to be selected from among the entires to the overseas exhibition.

The five following art works have been chosen as the themes for the first of the series:
3. Gold Crown with Pendants.
Excavated in 1974 from Hwangnam-daechong, or the Great Tomb at Hwangnam-dong, Kyongju, the ancient capital of the Silla Dynasty, which is a twin mound tomb most likely of a royal couple of the dynasty. The crown, estimated to have been made during the fifth to sixth century in the Old Silla Dynasty, is 27.5cm high and 17cm in diameter, and is preserved at Kyongju National Museum. In its restored form, the upper tips of the crown's uprights flare slighty outward. But, when the crown was discovered at the site they inclined inward, marking a pointed triangular shape. Three pairs of earring-like pendants (the lengths of which measure 30.3cm, 14.7cm and 13cm each) are suspended from both sides of the circlet. The crown is covered with gold spangles and comma-shaped jades attached to them by means of twisted gold wire.