Facade Stones with Eight Divine Beings of Stone Stupa (Asura)

unknownUnified Silla, 8th century

Gyeongju National Museum

Gyeongju National Museum

The Eight Divine Beings, originally native gods in India, were appropriated as the eight guardians of Buddhist sutras when Buddhism was founded. In Korea, they frequently appeared as engravings on stone stupas, monuments, and lamps from the 8th century onwards. Asura (right) and Gandharva (above), engraved onto the upper-level base stone of a stone stupa, were discovered at the Damamsa Temple site. Asura has three different faces and eight hands, each holding a different object, and sits on a cloud. Both images, carved in great detail with the utmost dexterity and elaborate technique, are estimated to be from the Unified Silla Period in the 8th century.

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  • Title: Facade Stones with Eight Divine Beings of Stone Stupa (Asura)
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Unified Silla, 8th century
  • Location: Tapjeong-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Korea
  • Type: Buddhist sculpture
  • Rights: Gyeongju National Museum
  • Medium: H 95.0cm