Artifacts, Korean [003]

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Title Artifacts, Korean [003]
Collection Name and Number P0479 Lennox and Catherine Tierney Photo Collection
Photo Number Box 60, Korean Course A, 162
Publisher Digitized by J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
Date 1949; 1950; 1951; 1952; 1953; 1954; 1955; 1956; 1957; 1958; 1959; 1960; 1961; 1962; 1963; 1964; 1965; 1966; 1967; 1968; 1969; 1970; 1971; 1972; 1973; 1974; 1975; 1976; 1977; 1978; 1979; 1980; 1981; 1982; 1983; 1984; 1985; 1986; 1987; 1988; 1989; 1990; 1991; 1992; 1993; 1994; 1995; 1996; 1997; 1998; 1999; 2000
Subject Silla (Kingdom)--Photographs; Kungnip Chungang Pangmulgwan (Korea)--Photographs; Museums--Korea--Seoul--Photographs; Gold--Korea--Seoul--Photographs; Antiquities--Korea--Seoul--Photographs; Buddhist sculpture--Korea--Seoul--Photographs; Statues--Korea--Seoul--Photographs; Metal-work--Korea--Seoul--Photographs; Amitābha (Buddhist deity)--Art--Photographs; Korea; Metal-work; Art; Statues
Keywords Korean culture; Displays
Spatial Coverage Korea (South); Seoul (Korea)
Description Photograph of two statues; (On left): Buddha from the Pagoda at Hwangboksa Temple Site, Unified Silla Period (Before 692), Gold, H: 14.0cm, National Museum of Korea, National Treasure No. 80; (On right): Amitabhā Buddha from the Pagoda at Hwangboksa Temple Site, Unified Silla Period (706), Gold, H: 12.0cm, National Museum of Korea, National Treasure No. 79
Caption on Slide AT 125 Two statues: (L): Buddha from the Pagoda at Hwangboksa Temple Site, Unified Silla Period (Before 692), Gold; (R): Amitabha Buddha from the Pagoda at Hwangboksa Temple Site, Kyongju Unified Silla Period (706), Gold; National Museum of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
Additional Information Image was scanned from (faded) color slide. Note: Similar images can be found on the National Museum of Korea website. Note: "Silla (57 BC - 935 AD)...was one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, and one of the world's longest sustained dynasties."--Wikipedia. Note: "In 1942, the three-story stone pagoda at the Hwangboksa Temple site in Guhwang-dong, Gyeongju was dismantled for restoration. Inside the pagoda, archaeologists discovered a gilt-bronze sarira reliquary, inscribed with the year 709 CE; inside the reliquary, they found these two gold Buddha statuettes, along with a silver mounted dish. According to the inscription on the lid of the reliquary, the pagoda was erected by the widow of King Sinmun (31st king of Silla) and his son, King Hyoso (32nd king), in 692, to honor the deceased ruler. The inscription also says that in 706, after the two royals had died, King Seongdeok (33rd king) commemorated their death by enshrining the sarira, along with a gold Amitabha Buddha and a copy of "The Spotless Pure Light Dharani Sutra" inside the pagoda. The scripture was never found, but archaeologists found the Amitabha statue, as well as a statue of a standing Buddha of an older style, which is believed to have been enshrined in 692 when the pagoda was set up. Compared to the older statue, the Amitabha Buddha has a more vivid facial expression, conveying a more realistic overall appearance. The elaborate carving of the tiny hands and the three-dimensional folds of the veil robe reflect the influence of Tang sculpture of that period. While the body of each statue is made out of gold, the halo and pedestal are gilt-bronze."--National Museum of Korea website.
Type Image
Creator Tierney, Lennox
Rights Management This material may be protected by copyright. Permission required for use in any form. For further information please contact the Multimedia Archivist, Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah.
ARK ark:/87278/s6ft93t7
Digitization Specifications Original scanned on Nikon Coolscan 5000 and saved as 2700 ppi TIFF. Display image generated in CONTENTdm as JP2000.
Donor Tierney, Lennox; Tierney, Catherine
Setname uum_lctpc
Date Created 2012-06-05
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 338797
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