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New Publication: Eternal Images of Sakyamuni

  • Date Mar 02, 2009
‘Eternal Images of Sakyamuni: Two Gilt-Bronze Korean National Treasures’ The Korea Foundation has recently published “Eternal Images of Sakyamuni,” which features Gilt-Bronze Pensive Images (National Treasures of Korea No. 78 and No. 83), two masterpieces of Korea’s Buddhist cultural and artistic heritage. With an abundance of vivid photos, this English-language catalog provides an in-depth introduction of the two pensive images, along with a detailed comparison of these ancient Buddhist sculptures. This publication, which was prepared in cooperation with The National Museum of Korea that authorized the taking of new photo images, serves as a valuable source of information on Korea’s Buddhist sculpture for English-language readers, in light of a noticeable lack of reference materials on Korean artifacts in English. Photographed by Han Studio and designed by Yekyong Publishing, the contents and photo images include overviews of two gilt-bronze masterpieces, designated National Treasure No. 78 and National Treasure No. 83, along with a detailed comparison of the two masterpieces of Buddhist sculpture. The numerous photographs reveal various details of the pensive images, from their crown to their pedestal. In addition, to provide readers with a better understanding about the artistic beauty and historical background of the Pensive Images, two essays are included: “Two Pensive Images: New Interpretation on the Best of Styles from Two Different Ages,” by Kang Woobang, former Director of Gyeongju National Museum, and “From Siddhārtha to Maitreya in Trance: A Study of the Iconography of Pensive Bodhisattva Images of Asia,” by Junghee Lee, Professor of Art History, Portland State University. For additional information, please contact the Foundation’s Media Department at (82-2) 2046-8563 or . This book is available in local bookstores or www.seoulselection.com. Price: $100, Hard cover, 227mm x 300mm, 136 pages, ISBN 978-89-86090-29-1

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