Gilt Wood Seated Bodhisattva: X-rays

Material Information

Gilt Wood Seated Bodhisattva: X-rays
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, FL
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art


Subjects / Keywords:
Korea -- art original -- Asia
works of art ( aat )


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.
General Note:
X-ray images were taken at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida
Museum Purchase, Gift of Michael and Donna Singer

Record Information

Source Institution:
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Holding Location:
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
2008.20 ( accession )