Stone standing Maitreya Bodhisattva in Gamsan
Both stone statues are now kept in the National Museum of Korea in Seoul.
This Maitreya statue is characterized by the lavishly decorated headgear it wears and the attractively plump face wearing a benign expression. Behind the mandorla is an inscription showing that the bodhisattva was carved in 719 when Silla was under the rule of King Seongdeok.
The technique of rendering the bodhisattva’s voluminous body suggests that the Silla artisans during this period were under the influence of aesthetics from other regions.
Name: Stone Standing Maitreya Bodhisattva
of Gamsan Temple, Gyeongju
Period: Unified Silla Period
Location: Yongsan District, Seoul
Status: National Treasure No. 81
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