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Buddhist bell from Cheonheung-Sa Temple
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Buddhist bell of Cheonheung-sa temple is the most beautiful bell from the Goryeo period. It is a good example of Buddhist bells from the Goryeo period in that it not only follows the style of Unified Silla but it also gives several changes. The elegantly curved form, the hook in the shape of a powerful dragon and images of flying angels and lotus flowers all make this bell a unique work of art.

History of the Object
This bell comes with an inscription that tells when and where it was made. It indicates that the bell was made in 1010 Goryeo period, at Cheonheung-sa temple.

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Type
Other 
Materials
metal 
Measurements
Diameter 96.4cm 
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
Korea; Cheonheungsa temple 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 11th century ~ AD 11th century 
Creation date
11th Century; 1010; Goryeo 
Function
Buddhist ritual 
Acquisition
This object was found at the site of Cheonheongsa temple of the Goryeo period in Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do. It was purchased by the Royal Yi family and the 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 
Credit line
 

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