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The ‘Blazing Light’ Buddha and his heavenly entourage (Chiseonggwang Samjon-do)
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is a separate but rare type of Buddhist painting with its figures originating in Taoist folk belief. The colours are vivid, and the overall effect is uniform and impressive. The relatively free style of the figures and the colours employed are characteristic of the 19th century.

History of the Object
The theme of the painting represents a rare type in Korean Buddhist painting. In Buddhism the Daoist cult of the Seven Star-Deities changed into the cult of the Seven Star-Buddhas. Later the 'Blazing Light' Buddha as a main figure was represented separately and his entourage consisted of the Seven Star-Buddhas. Their special shrine was called the Shrine of the 'Seven Star' (Korean: Chilseong-gák) where the picture of the 'Blazing Light' Buddha Trinity was given the place of honour, with the pictures of the Star Buddhas (Chilseong-do) being placed on either side of it. In the centre of this composition sits the 'Blazing Light' Buddha, on a lotus flower throne in a contemplative posture, with the golden Wheels of the Law on his two palms. Before him on either side appear the Sunlight Bodhisattva (Ilgwang Bosal) and the Moonlight Bodhisattva (Wolgwang Bosal) in a similar posture. They wear the red disk of the Sun and the white disk of the Moon in their diadems. On both sides of the trinity in two rows there are celestial officials (depicted as the Seven Star-Kings) in high-ranking court attire. Above the celestial officials, on floating white balls of clouds sit the seven little Buddhas, in contemplative posture on indigo-blue lotus flower-thrones. They are none other than the Seven Star-Buddhas. Near the 'Blazing Light' Buddha a celestial servant is seen carrying a round tray with fruits. A distinctively shaped fruit among them is known as the Buddha's hand. As usual with Korean hanging scrolls, the canvas of this painting was prepared using primer, sketched out and then painted mainly with mineral-based paints, gold paint and Chinese ink.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Colours on canvas 
Measurements
Width 133 cm Height 85 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
Buddhist ritual hanging scroll (Korean: tenghwa), now framed. 
Acquisition
Purchased from a private individual in 1953. 
Copyright
No information, data or images may be published or reproduced without written permission of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts, Budapest. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Hungarian State; property management by the Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest; in the Collection of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts, Budapest. 
Museum
Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts 
Credit line
Description by Ildikó Nagy, Koreanist, Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic Arts 

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