Korea, Unified Silla Kingdom (668-935)
Gilt bronze, Overall: 25.4 cm (10 in.); with tang: 26 cm (10 1/4 in.). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1988.34
Buddhist teachings emphasize the pursuit of spirituality, rather than physicality, to achieve enlightenment. This statue’s artist, however, made genuine efforts to represent the divine’s beautiful voluminous body. Inspired by Indian Gupta–period art (AD 300s–500s), this particular artistic style emphasizing soft modeling and naturalism was further developed in China and flourished across East Asia.
Japan Society Gallery, NYC (4/7/2003 - 6/22/2003): "Early Buddhist Art from Korea and Japan, 6th-9th Centuries"National Museum of Korea, Seoul (6/4/2012 - 8/5/2012): "Korean Art Collections in the United States",, ex. cat. no. 70, p. 164-165.
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