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Pensive Bodhisattva no. 83
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This statue is shown with one leg resting over the other knee and fingers positioned on the cheek while lost in thought . Statues in such a pose were derived from Buddha's posture of contemplating on the life of a human being. The warm and inviting facial expression and liveliness of the figures are also characteristics of this object.

History of the Object
This statue has remarkable similarities to the wooden pensive Bodhisattva at the Koryuji temple that is believed to have been founded by a Silla monk in Kyoto, Japan. In that sense, this statue can be presumed to have been created in Silla. However, since it has a well-balanced shape and exhibits elegant and refined craftsmanship, it is also considered one from the Baekje period.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Gilt Bronze 
Measurements
Height 93.5cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 7th century 
Creation date
7th Century; Early; Three Kingdoms period 
Function
icon 
Acquisition
This object was found in the Southern region of Korea around 1910, and was purchased by the Royal Yi family in 1912. Ownership was transferred to the National Museum of Korea in 1969. 
Copyright
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Korean Government 
Museum
National Museum of Korea 
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