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Pensive Bodhisattva no. 78
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Pensive Bodhisattva indicates a type of seated Bodhisattva with one leg resting on the other knee and an index finger touching the chin. This sculpture wears a tall crown with sun and moon decoration. This type of crown originated from Sassanian Persia. In the sense that it has a enigmatic smile, natural pose, harmonious body parts, rhythmical expression of clothing and a waistband, this Pensive Bodhisattva presents quite a unique sculpture style different from the others.

History of the Object
Korean Pensive Bodhisattvas were usually made as single icons and gained great popularity in the 6th and 7th century. Generally though as Bodhisattva Maitreya (Bodhisattva of the Future), Korean Pensive Bodhisattva inspired a similar production of pensive images during the Asuka and Hakuho period in Japan.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Gilt bronze 
Measurements
Total hight 80cm, Height of Body 50cm, Width of pedestal 30cm 
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; Late; Three kingdoms period 
Function
icon 
Acquisition
This object was found in Gyeongsangbuk-do around 1910, and was purchased by a Japanese dealer in 1916. 
Copyright
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Korean Government 
Museum
National Museum of Korea 
Credit line
 

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