국립중앙박물관 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA

Highlights
Gilt-bronze Standing Bhaisajyaguru Buddha
  • Exhibition Name

    Gilt-bronze Bhaisajyaguru Buddha

  • Culture/Period

    Unified Silla Period

  • Materials

    Metal - Gilt-bronze

  • Category

    religion - Buddhism - adoration - image of Buddha

  • Dimensions

    H. 37.0cm

  • Designation

    Treasure 328

  • Accession Number

    Bongwan 325

  • Location

    Buddhist Sculpture Gallery

It was during the Unified Silla Period that the worship of Bhaisajyaguru Buddha, or Medicine Buddha, began to spread widely across Korea. Most of these early Bhaisajyaguru Buddha statues with a medicine jar in his hand were enshrined independently, but some of them were made to be one of the four guardians of the four cardinal directions, guarding the east. This statue does not have a medicine jar, but the cupped left hand reveals that it once held a jar which had been made separately.