Mini Buddhist statuette retains an air of mystery
According to an inscription engraved at the site, a gold Amitabha statuette was put in it in 706, leading some historians to believe that this is that Amitabha.
Some raise doubts since the Amitabha is 6 inches tall according to the inscription, whereas the height of this seated Buddha is only 12.2 centimeters, or shorter than 4 inches.
The statuette consists of three parts: the mandorla (Buddhist halo of light), Buddha’s body and the lotus pedestal, designed to be detached from each other.
This statuette is regarded as a very valuable source for the study of early eighth-century Korean Buddhist sculpture.
Name: Gold Seated Buddha from Guhwang-dong, Gyeongju
Period: Early Unified Silla
Location: Yongsan District, Seoul
Status: National Treasure No. 79