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The National Museum of Korea announced yesterday it has discovered a Goryeo-era Buddhist painting in Italy that was not known to Korean academia. Curators from the National Museum of Korea found the painting, which is called “Buddha Amitabha,” while they were doing research on the Korean collection at the National Museum of Oriental Art in Rome. The painting is considered high quality with a vivid red robe and delicate gold patterning of lotus flowers, and is thought to be from the early 14th century of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). Buddhist paintings from Goryeo, the heyday of Korean Buddhism, are known for their beauty but are numbered at only 160 worldwide. Provided by the National Museum of Korea

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