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Stele for the national preceptor Nanggondaesa at Taejasa
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Since this stele was created by assembling characters from calligraphic works of Kim Saeng who was one of four noted Korean calligraphers, it is very significant. Also, because most of Kim Saeng's works are lost, it is a crucial piece with which Kim Saeng's calligraphy can be studied. Even though the characters inscribed on the stele are small, they still well represent Kim Saeng's powerful literary style.

History of the Object
Kim Saeng is famous for his thick and bold brush strokes which are full of native flavor. His writing can be traced through a collection of individual characters written by the artist on the early Goryeo 'Stele for Master Nanggong at the Monastery of Taejasa'. This stele was erected to the memory of the illustrious Nangongdaesa who was a national teacher of Unified Silla.

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Type
Inscription stones 
Materials
Stone 
Measurements
218.0x102.0x25.7cm 
Creator name
Kim Saeng 
Creator date
ca. 711-ca.791 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 10th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
10th Century; ca. 954, Goryeo 
Function
Stele 
Acquisition
This object was originally placed at the site of Taejasa temple of Silla in Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, and became the collection of the National Museum of Korea in 1919. 
Copyright
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Korean Government 
Museum
National Museum of Korea 
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