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A Korean painting of the Buddha Triad, stolen during Imperial Japan and recently returned to the country, is revealed to the public on Jan. 7 by the Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation. Assumed to date from the 1730s, during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), the 3-square-meter (3-square-yard) painting was forcibly removed from a temple in the early 20th century. It ended up in several U.S. museums such as the Hermitage Museum and Gardens in Virginia, which returned the painting to its homeland in December. Provided by the Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation

국회소재문화재재단이 일제 때 도난 당했다가 최근 한국에 반환된 조선시대 불화 석가삼존도를 1월7일 일반에 공개했다. 1730년대 조선시대에 그려진 것으로 추정되는 가로 세로 3미터 크기의 이 불화는 20세기 초 국내 사찰에서 뜯겨져 나갔다. 미국에서 몇 개 미술관 등을 거쳐 버지니아주 허미티지박물관에 보관돼 있었고, 지난해 12월 고향인 한국에 반환됐다. [국외소재문화재재단 제공]
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