National treasure from Ryukyu Kingdom era displayed

National treasure from Ryukyu Kingdom era displayed

National treasure of the Ryukyu Kingdom, "Tamamookanmuri (crown jeweled with balls)," at Naha City Museum Of History on April 29.

April 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Naha City Museum of History started displaying a national treasure from the Ryukyu Kingdom era, called “Tamamookanmuri (crown jeweled with balls),” on April 29. During the Ryukyu Kingdom era, kings wore the crown for ceremonies. The crown was displayed for the first time in two years. It will be open to the public until May 8. As well as the crown, Chinese attire worn by the Ryukyu kings is on display.

This is the only existing crown and appears to have been created in the 18th century. The crown is decorated with 24 balls each of gold, silver, jasper, and crystal on 12 golden bands. It also has a golden hairpin on which two dragons signifying the royal throne have been delicately inscribed.

Yoko Yamada, a museum staff member, said, “I want visitors to actually see the real crown and feel the weight of history.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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