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Bhaiṣajyaguru

unknownUnified Silla, 8th century

Gyeongju National Museum

Gyeongju National Museum
Gyeongju-si, South Korea

The gold plating of this particular gilt bronze statue has almost disappeared, but the supple body and smooth, elegant cloth folds are depicted in perfect harmony, representing the height of the Unified Silla form. The hair is naturally curled in a clockwise direction, with a wide and prominent uṣṇīṣa. The face that appears large in proportion to the body is deep in a meditative state, and the neck has a mārga-traya. The robe fully covers the shoulders, with the hem covering the right shoulder. The U-shaped cloth folds gathered at the chest and below the knees are elegant and strong. A proud chest and slightly protuberant stomach as well as the voluminous thighs lend a liveliness to the statue. The left hand is holding a medicinal bowl and the right hand hangs down at the side, holding the hem. Such a posture is uncommon among gilt bronze statues of the Unified Silla Period.

Details

  • Title: Bhaiṣajyaguru
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Unified Silla, 8th century
  • Location: Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Korea
  • Type: Buddhist sculpture
  • Rights: Gyeongju National Museum
  • Medium: H16.6cm

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