Publisher: Korea Foundation
Pub. Date: Dec. 2008
Hardcover: 135 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 12.51 x 9.25 x 1.02
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About This Book
The Korea Foundation is most pleased and gratified to present "Eternal Images of Sakyamuni," an English-language catalogue, to introduce the Gilt-Bronze Pensive Images (National Treasures of Korea No. 78 and No. 83), two masterpieces of Korea's Buddhist cultural and artistic heritage. Even today, after passage of more than a millennium, the magnificent artistry of these world renowned images continue to attract keen attention, while serving as a window into the spiritual world of the Korean people of long ago. Since its introduction to the Korean Peninsula in the late fourth century, Buddhism has left an indelible imprint on the thought and culture of the people of Korea. In this regard, the two Buddhist sculptures, believed to be created in the sixth to seventh century, provide a meaningful glimpse of the everyday life and culture of ancient Korean Society. Although both works are products of the late Three Kingdoms Period, they feature distinctive characteristics in terms of artistic style and form, as a result of the elapsed time between the dates of their completion. For an in-depth appreciation of the pensive images, the catalog includes about 100 photo images and illustrations of the two sculptures, along with detailed comparisons. In addition, there are also two essays by art historians that provide readers with commentary from a scholarly perspective. The Korea Foundation is grateful for the invaluable contributions and diligent efforts of the publication participants, whose assistance and patience have made possible the fruition of this endeavor. In particular, the value of this catalog has been substantially enhanced through the cooperation of The National Museum of Korea, which authorized the taking of additional photos to better illustratevarios detail discussed in the contents.
A Comparison of Two Gild-Bronze Masterpiece 8
National Treasure No. 78 Gilt-Bronze Pensive Images with Sun and Moon Crown 18
National Treasure No. 83 Gilt-Bronze Pensive Image with Lotus Crown 44
A Detailed Comparison of the Two Gilt-Bronze Masterpieces 72
Essays Two Pensive Images: New Interpretation on the Best of Styles from Two Different Ages 104
From Siddhartha to Maitreya in Trance: A Study of the Iconography of Pensive Bodhisattva Images of Asia 124
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