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Wooden Figurine
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is one of the most valuable objects of the archaeological collections from the Isung mountain fortress site. It is one of the very few figurines excavated from sites of that ancient age. The mystic image expressed in the style of the tilted head and the vaguely represented costume gives people a fantasy of meeting a human god from the ancient world. Visitors should enjoy it.

History of the Object
Isung mountain fortress is an extensive stone structure encircling the mountain valleys in the area along the Han river. A research team from the Hanyang University Museum made four excavations and recovered numerous relics and remains from the Unified Silla period (668~935). This wooden figurine is a statuette clothed and wearing a necklace. Judging from its costume and appearance, it is not a Buddhist image but must have been related to some Shamanastic practice. Reverted to the Korean government since it was excavated at Iseong mountain fortress, Hanam city, South Korea in 1990 and preserved in order to prevent it from deforming the shape.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
wood 
Measurements
Height 17.2 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
South Korea; Hanam CIty; Iseong mountain fortress 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 7th century 
Creation date
7th Century 
Function
Unknown 
Acquisition
Excavated at Iseong mountain fortress, Hanam, South Korea in 1990 
Copyright
Hanyang University Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Korean government 
Museum
Hanyang University Museum 
Credit line
 

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