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Maitreya Bodhisattva and Amitabha Buddha from Gamsansa Temple Site
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Amitabha Buddha stands upright with a stern face, while Maitreya Bodhisattva bends his body slightly at the waist wearing a benevolent smile. These pieces exhibit the high standard of stone carving in the early 8th century in the Unified Silla.

History of the Object
These statues were dedicated by a Silla official, Kim Ji-seong, in memory of his deceased parents and in gratitude for King Seongdeok around 719-720.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Stone (Granite) 
Measurements
Height Maitreya Bodhisattva 270.0cm Amitabha Buddha 275.0  
Creator name
Kim Ji-seong 
Creator date
?-720 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 8th century ~ AD 8th century 
Creation date
8th Century; ca. 719 (Unified Silla) 
Function
icon 
Acquisition
These objects were originally placed in the Gamsansa Temple site of Silla in Gyeonju, and became part of the collection of the National Museum of Korea in 1916. 
Copyright
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Korean Government 
Museum
National Museum of Korea 
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