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The lead stone Ash Urn with 'the 2nd Year of Yeongtae's Rule' Inscription
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Three rows of fine lines were engraved around the surface of its body, and 15 lines of characters, each line composed of 8-11 characters, were engraved on it. The inscription reveals the production date and origin of the ash urn and the Buddha sculpture. Because the inscription was made in Idu characters (Chinese characters, borrowed to represent the sounds of spoken Korean), it serves as an important object for the study of language and literature as well as Buddhist art.

History of the Object
The inscription on the surface of this ash urn reveals that its exact production date is A.D. 766. It is known to have been excavated from the Jungdaeseok (central seat) on the daejwa (support), on which the stone Birojanabul is seated, at the site of a closed temple in Jirisan (mountain), Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
agalmatolite 
Measurements
12X9X8,5 cm. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 8th century ~ AD 8th century 
Creation date
8th Century; 766 
Function
urn for ashes 
Acquisition
It is the current policy of the Busan Museum not to publish the acquisition history of its collection on the Internet. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Busan Museum, Busan, Korea 
Museum
Busan Museum 
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