Gilt-bronze pensive Maitreya Bodhisattva
It was acquired by a Japanese collector in 1912 and donated to the Japanese Government-General of Joseon, which kept it at its museum since 1916. Currently, it is on display at the National Museum of Korea.
He has a squarely plump face with a benign smile and a sleek body.
The bodhisattva is wearing lavishly decorated headgear, of which two strands are drawn over its shoulders.
The oval pedestal is decorated with a lotus motif, but the mandorla (Buddhist halo of light) is missing.
An X-ray inspection carried out in 1963 revealed no defect or evidence of repair.
Art historians believe it was made in the mid- or late 6th century when the Korean style of bodhisattva images emerged.
Name: Gilt-bronze Pensive Maitreya Bodhisattva
Period: Three Kingdoms Period
Location: Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Status: National Treasure No. 78