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Gilt-Bronze Standing Bodhisatva Statue
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Due to the presence of the samdo (three inscribed lines symbolizing the three heavenly creeks which the deceased have to cross to reach the Western Paradise), the style of the cheonui (seamless heavenly dress), the graceful, solemn, and rounded figure, this statue is an excellent work. It is a National Treasure.

History of the Object
Above the head of the statue the bogye (topknot of hair) is high, and because we see grooves at the right and left spots below it, it seems that there was also a coronet. Her face, with a round lower chin, gives a gentle and ample look; the eyebrows, connected to her high nose, are represented in gentle curved lines; the eyes are raised upward; and her lips are shut firmly. The upper part of the body is naked while the lower part is covered with a thin dress whose pleats are represented in three dimensions and which reaches down to the ankles. Because of the style the statue is presumed to date back to the latter part of the 8th Century.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Gilt-Bronze 
Measurements
Height 34 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; latter part 
Function
worship 
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 
Credit line
 
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