unknownUnified Silla, 9th century

Gyeongju National Museum

Gyeongju National Museum

Unlike most Vairocana images with the left index finger enclosed in the right hand, this example showcases the reverse of the hand positions. The wide face is large relative to the body and the bald head has a large uṣṇīṣa. The gaze is downward and the small lips are gently pressed to form a smile. The two ears are curved like bows and the neck bears the mārga-traya. The robe covers both shoulders and inner garments cover the chest. Belt knots can be seen behind the hand. The cloth folds form a U shape underneath the stomach, naturally flowing down. Underneath the priestly robe the inner robe remains visible. On the back, the head and body contain casting holes. The head leans slightly to one side and a tranquil facial expression conveys deep meditation that with a spiritual air.

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  • Title: Vairocana
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Unified Silla, 9th century
  • Location: Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, Korea
  • Type: Buddhist sculpture
  • Rights: Gyeongju National Museum
  • Medium: H 31.5cm