Collection

Sarira Reliquaries from the Five-story Brick Pagoda of Songnimsa Temple

  • Culture / Period

    Goryeo Dynasty

  • Materials

    Ceramics - Celadon

  • Dimensions

    H. 7.8cm, (mouth) D. 18.0cm

  • Designation

    Treasure 325-10

  • Accession Number

    Sinsu 341

List

Discovered in 1959 during repair work on the Five-story Brick Pagoda in Songnimsa Temple in Chilgok-gun, North Gyeongsang-do Province, this pavilion-shaped miniature stupa is one of the sarira reliquaries, including a glass cup and bottle, contained within a tortoise-shaped stone chest stored in the brick pagoda. This small celadon incense box features a matching lid decorated with a chrysanthemum design enclosed within an inlaid peony and scroll design in white and black. Considering that celadon pottery only began to be made during the Goryeo period, this item must differ from the other artifacts discovered there in terms of its date of production.

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