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Dragon-headed Banner Staff
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The flagstaff usually consists of a stone base with two supports made either of stone or metal which support the pole in between. This particular model was cast in two parts: the first, consisting of the base with supports and the two lowermost sections of the flagstaff, and the second, consisting of the remaining six sections of the flagstaff and the head. The staff is in the shape of a bamboo pole with a dragon-shaped head ornamenting the top. Sometimes the staffs were crowned with a pearl of good luck. The two-tiered rectangular base is incised with lotus petals and the uppermost section of the pole with dragon’s scales. The entire surface was coated with lacquer and then gilded, but only traces of the gilding remain. This banner staff is a rare example that presents sophisticated beauty of metal works developed from Silla and help us presume the appearance of the banner staff. It is designated as Korean National Treasure No. 136.

History of the Object
This model is an accurate reproduction in miniature of the banner staffs which, from the time of the Three Kingdoms, stood outside the main entrances of Korean Buddhist temples. Flags were hoisted primarily as symbols of the benevolence and dignity of the Buddha but served the additional purpose of suppressing evil spirits or announcing major rituals.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Gilt bronze 
Measurements
H. 104.3 cm, W. 20.9 X 16.0cm (base) 
Creator name
Anonymous 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea, 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 10th century ~ AD 11th century 
Creation date
10th Century - 11th Century; Goryeo 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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