Newly unearthed head of Buddha could be 'twin' of Blue House statue
“The face of the statue newly discovered has a striking resemblance to the face of the Buddha sitting in the premises of the Blue House,” Cho Seong-yoon, researcher at Foundation of Silla Cultural Heritage Research Institute, told the Korea JoongAng Daily on Wednesday. “More research should follow. But at this point there are talks that the two Buddha statues may be twins.”
Sitting in a mountainous area of Naenam-myeon of Gyeongju is a stone statue of Buddha that is missing its head. It’s unclear for how long the statue has been sitting there, but researchers pinpoint its origin to the Unified Silla period (668-935).
“The body of the statue also very closely resembles the body of the statue in the Blue House, especially the shape of the square pedestal upon which the Buddha sits,” the administration said in a statement on Wednesday.
The statue in the Blue House was moved there from Gyeongju during the Japanese occupation of Korea (1910-1945). It was designated a treasure in 2018 for being a well-preserved example of a Buddhist statue dating back to the Unified Silla period. It is being prepared to be moved back to Gyeongju.
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