This Buddha was found at the site of the Wangjeonggolsa Temple located to the east of Toseong in Dodangsan Mountain. Though the statue body below the knees was lost, the rest of the sculpture is intact including the halo. The face and the body are slightly elongated.
The hair is naturally curled in the clockwise direction. The face is a long oval and on both sides of the mouth are wrinkles. The eyes, round in overall shape, are carved in shallow relief. On the forehead is an ūrṇā, and on the neck is mārga-traya, or the “three holy paths.”
The priestly robe covers both shoulders and the cloth folds are closely and intricately expressed, resembling stairs. The left hand rests on the stomach, and the right hand on the chest. The boat-shaped halo bears candle-like radiance from the center of the head and another one circles the body. Bordering the halos from the head and the body are abstract plant patterns in relief. The top of the halo leans forward, appearing to embrace the stone Buddha. Though the sizes and volumes are different, numerous sculptures of the Buddha of this form were found commonly throughout the Silla region, indicating its popularity.


  • Title: Buddha
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Unified Silla, 8th century
  • Location: Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Korea
  • Type: Buddhist sculpture
  • Rights: Gyeongju National Museum
  • Medium: H 201.0cm

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