Bhaisajyaguru Buddha

unknownUnified Silla(668~935)

Gyeongju National Museum

Gyeongju National Museum
Gyeongju-si, South Korea

This statue was moved to the museum from Yongjanggol Valley, Mt. Namsan. The Bhaisajyaguru Buddha sits in the Padmasanam (lotus) posture on an elaborate two-tiered lotus pedestal, holding his right hand in the Bhumisparsa mudra and carrying a medicine bottle in his left hand. After the statue was moved from its former museum in Dongbu-dong in 1975, the head and part of the halo were reassembled and restored to their current condition, although the face remains badly damaged. The head has a prominent Ushnisha on top, and there is an inscription of the Three Ways on the neck. The pear-shaped halo is embossed with vine and flame designs, while the pedestal is decorated with lotus flower designs. Based on the less vibrant expression of the body parts and the heightened emphasis of the decoration, as demonstrated in the elaborate and even complicated designs on the halo, the statue is estimated to be from the end of the 8th century or the beginning of the 9th century.


  • Title: Bhaisajyaguru Buddha
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Unified Silla(668~935)
  • Location: Mt, Namsan, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Korea
  • Type: Buddhist sculpture
  • Rights: Gyeongju National Museum
  • Medium: H 305.5cm

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