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Tomb of King Muryeong
Exhibition I features artifacts excavated from the tomb of King Muryeong, the 25th king of the Baekje Kingdom (r. 501-523). The items are exhibited and organized to help the visitor understand the culture of Baekje from this time period.
Exhibition hall I ; Tomb of King Muryeong Tomb of King Muryeong
Some 4,600 artifacts, representing 108 different types, were excavated from the tomb of King Muryeong, which was discovered in 1971 inside a large earthen mound in Gongju. Inside the tomb, there was a corridor that contained two stone plaques engraved with epitaphs for the king and queen, as well as a bundle of Wu Shu coins from China. Behind the epitaphs, there was a stone guardian animal facing south, apparently to guard the tomb.
The king and queen were buried in wooden coffins, the remains of which were found on the bier of the tomb. Beneath the wooden shards of the coffins were numerous ornaments and engraved goods used by the king and queen, including gold diadem ornaments, gold earrings, a gold and silver belt, gilt-bronze shoes, gold bracelets, and many others. Around the king’s waist was a large sword with a grip decorated with a dragon and phoenix, symbolizing the king’s sovereignty. Furthermore, head rests and foot rests for the king and queen were placed in front of the wooden coffins. Other artifacts found in the tomb included a three-sided bronze mirror and a silver cup with a bronze stand.
The excavated artifacts of King Munyeong’s tombThe king-related artifactsThe queen-related artifacts
The excavated artifacts of King Munyeong’s tombThe king-related artifactsThe queen-related artifacts
The excavated artifacts of King Munyeong’s tombThe king-related artifactsThe queen-related artifacts

Artifacts from the Tomb of King Muryeong

Stone Epitaph-Plaque Expanded View Stone Epitaph-Plaque
‘Wu-Shu’ coins Expanded View ‘Wu-Shu’ coins
Stone animal figure Expanded View Stone animal figure
Chinese imported celadon jars Expanded View Chinese imported celadon jars
Bottle treated with dark brown glaze Expanded View Bottle treated with dark brown glaze
Silver cup with a saucer Expanded View Silver cup with a saucer
Bronze bowls Expanded View Bronze bowls
Bronze bowls Expanded View Bronze bowls
Bronze plate Expanded View Bronze plate
Bronze spoons and chopsticks Expanded View Bronze spoons and chopsticks
Wooden Coffin
Expanded View Wooden Coffin

The King’s Items

Gold diadem ornament Expanded View Gold diadem ornament
Gold chignon ornament Expanded View Gold chignon ornament
Gold earrings-king Expanded View Gold earrings-king
Belt and ornament Expanded View Belt and ornament
Gilt-bronze shoes Expanded View Gilt-bronze shoes
Foot rest Expanded View Foot rest
Sword decorated with the figure of dragon and phoenix Expanded View Sword decorated with the figure of dragon and phoenix
Bronze mirror Expanded View Bronze mirror
Bronze mirror Expanded View Bronze mirror

The Queen’s Items

Gold diadem ornament <Expanded View Gold diadem ornament
Gold earrings-queen Expanded View Gold earrings-queen
Gold necklace Expanded View Gold necklace
Gold bracelets Expanded View Gold bracelets
Silver bracelets with inscription Expanded View Silver bracelets with inscription
Head-rest Expanded View Head-rest
Foot rest-Queen Expanded View Foot rest-Queen
Gilt-bronze shoes Expanded View Gilt-bronze shoes
Bronze iron Expanded View Bronze iron
Knives with gold and silver ornaments Expanded View Knives with gold and silver ornaments
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