Roof ridge ornament (Chimi)

  • Korea, Unified Silla kingdom (676–935)
    Excavated from the Wolji pond at the East Palace site, Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang province
    H x W x D (greatest): 73.6 x 45.5 x 33.8 cm
    Gyeongju National Museum, ana 815
    © Buyeo National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage

    Not restricted to Buddhist temples, roof ridge ornaments also graced secular palaces. This chimi was excavated from Wolji, a royal garden pond at the site of the East Palace in the capital of the Silla kingdom. Its undecorated body and dramatically protruding round spine in front of the wings are characteristics of chimi dating to the Unified Silla kingdom.