Korea, Unified Silla Kingdom (668-935)
gilt bronze, Overall: h. 25.4 cm (10 in.); with tang: h. 26 cm (10 3/16 in.). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1988.34
Buddhist teachings emphasize the pursuit of spirituality, rather than physicality, to achieve enlightenment. This statueâ€™s artist, however, made genuine efforts to represent the divineâ€™s beautiful voluminous body. Inspired by Indian Guptaâ€“period art (AD 300sâ€“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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