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Amitayus Triad
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The two attendant Bodhisattva were cast with the nimbus, which contains an additional three engraved images of seated Buddhas surrounded by flames. The main Buddha wears an archaic smile and an usnisa (topknot hair style), symbolizing supreme wisdom. The shawl, covering both shoulders, flows down the body in U-shaped folds. The inscription on the back of the nimbus reveals the most concrete features among the inscriptions of the current Buddhist sculptures. It is designated as Korean National Treasure No. 85.

History of the Object
This is a typical Buddha image from the Three Kingdoms period, with a boat-shaped nimbus and a lotus pedestal with down-turned petals. This Amitayus Triad is the largest work of the Buddha triad, consisting of the central Buddha and two Bodhisattva, remaining. On the back of the nimbus is carved an inscription which states that the Buddha of Immeasurable Life was cast in a sinmyo year, which according to the traditional Calendrical cycle is presumed to indicate 571, the 13th year of the reign of King Pyeong-won of Goguryeo.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Gilt Bronze 
Measurements
H. 18.0 cm, W. 10.1 cm (nimbus) 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 6th century ~ AD 6th century 
Creation date
6th Century; 571(?); Goguryeo Period 
Function
Buddhist Ceremony 
Acquisition
It is the official position of the Leeum Museum not to publish the provenance of its collection. 
Copyright
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art 
Museum
Leeum Samsung Museum of Art 
Credit line
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art 

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