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This Buddha statue was excavated from Wolji, Gyeongju. Although the halo has been lost, the Buddha’s body and pedestal, which were made separately and joined together, have been well preserved. The most noteworthy aspect of this statue is the style of dress. While most Buddha statues had a large cloth draped across either both shoulders or the left shoulder, this statue has two layers of cloth: an inner layer covering both shoulders and an outer layer wrapped over the left shoulder. The inner layer crosses the chest beneath the outer layer. The octagonal pedestal is decorated with lotus flower designs and various openwork designs, and is placed atop a base stone with flower engravings in the corners. Based on the Buddha’s style of dress and the floral engravings, the statue is estimated to be from the late 8th century.

Details

  • Title: Buddha
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Unified Silla 8th century
  • Location: Wolji, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Korea
  • Type: Buddhist sculpture
  • Rights: Gyeongju National Museum
  • Medium: H 35.0cm

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