wood with gilt, plus original sutra pages found within body cavity of sculpture; 25 1/2 x 17 1/4 in. (64.8 x 43.8 cm)
Korea, Choson Dynasty, 17th century
Michael and Donna Singer ( donor )
Subjects / Keywords:
Asia -- Korea Art objects, Korean--Chosŏn dynasty, 1392-1910
sculpture art original ( marcgt )
The figure shown here is a Buddhist sculpture from Korea dated to the 17th century. It depicts a wooden seated Bodhisattva that has been applied with gold lacquer and traces of red and white pigments. A Bodhisattva is a Buddhist deity who is ready for entry in nirvana (a release from the cycle of rebirth into an eternal state of non-being), but chooses instead to delay access so as to assist all others in attaining nirvana. Inside the sculpture, it was discovered that the figure held original sutra pages which were woodblock printed with red and black inks. The one text is composed of black ink Chinese characters and has various chapters of the Buddhist text known as the Lotus Sutra. The other set of sutra texts are written in red ink sutra in a language known as Siddham along with interspersed sections written in Chinese..