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Gilt-bronze Standing Buddha from the Borisa Temple Site in Uiryeong

UnknownAround 850

Seokdang Museum of Dong-A University

Seokdang Museum of Dong-A University

This is one of the representative Gilt-Bronze Standing Buddha statues presumably in the 9th century, considering that the reversed hand gestures, the line carvings, the flat face, the folds in the robe, and the plate casting technique were mainly taken at the end of the Unified Silla period (668-935). Excavated in 1948 from the Borisa Temple Site in Uiryeong, Gyeongsangnam-do province, the statue is of great importance, due to its dignified expression, engraved folds in the robes, and the simple shape of the pedestal. To be specific, the hand gestures of the Buddha are a combination of the gestures of Fear Not and Wish Granting with the right hand down and the left hand raised, which is opposite of the usual combination of the hand gestures. The face is flat, and the eyes appear horizontally long. There are no detailed expressions on the ears; and the eyes, nose, and lips which are centered on the face are deeply carved, giving a formalized appearance. The highly protruding topknot is cone-shared, and there are not three lines on the neck.

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  • Title: Gilt-bronze Standing Buddha from the Borisa Temple Site in Uiryeong
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: Around 850
  • Physical Dimensions: w8.5 x h26 cm
  • Provenance: Seokdang Museum of Dong-A University
  • Type: Gilt-bronze

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