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Buddha
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This statue has the same earth-touching hand gesture and style of robes as the famous Shakyamuni Buddha of the Seokguram Grotto. But because of the unnaturally narrow waist and stylized details, it is presumed to be a statue of the early Goryeo period, made in the Unified Silla style. Traces of hardened varnish on the knees indicate that the image was originally covered with a thick coat of varnish before it was gilded. It is designated as Korean Treasure No. 332.

History of the Object
This iron statue came from a temple site in Hasachang-dong, Hanam, Gyeonggi-do province, where the stone pedestal for the statue still remains. At a height of 281.8 cm. and with a weight of 6.2 tons, it is the largest iron statue extant in Korea.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Iron 
Measurements
Width Knee : 213 cm Height 281.8 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
Hasachang-dong in Hanam, Gyeonggi-do, Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 10th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
10th Century; Goryeo Period 
Function
Buddhist Ritual 
Acquisition
Acquisitioned from the temple site in Hasachang-dong 
Copyright
National Museum of Korea 
Acknowledgements
National Museum of Korea, National Museum of Korea Digital Museum 2.0, Cultural Foundation of National Museum of Korea, Seoul, 2007 
Owner
National Museum of Korea 
Museum
National Museum of Korea 
Credit line
National Museum of Korea 

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