Jingamseonsa’s Stele in Ssanggye Temple
Though its body is damaged, it features a tortoise-shaped pedestal and an ornamental top in the form of a hornless dragon. Facing the pedestal, there is a large monument seat on the center of the tortoise’s back and its four faces have carvings of cloud designs. On the ornamental top, hornless dragons fighting for a magic stone that bestows omnipotence are depicted.
The monument is famous because its inscription was created and written by Choe Chi-won at the end of the Unified Silla Period. Choe was known for the lively, expressive letters he created with the natural flow of his brush. Although the tortoise-shaped pedestal, the ornamental top in the form of hornless dragon and the pagoda body all remain, they suffered from cracks and abrasion.
Name: Jingamseonsa’s Stele in Ssanggye Temple
Period: Unified Silla
Location: Hadong County, South Gyeongsang
Status: National Treasure No. 47
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