Unified Silla Period
Stone - Other/ Miscellaneous
religion - Buddhism - adoration - image of Buddha
National Treasure 106
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Discovered at Biamsa Temple in Yeongi-gun of Chungcheongnam-do (present-day Sejong City), this Buddhist stele carved with Amitabha Buddha accompanied by other Buddhas and Bodhisattvas contains an inscription stating that it was erected on the fifteenth day of the second lunar month in a Gichuk Year (probably 689) for the parents in the past seven lives. The carving, which depicts the Pure Land of Amitabha, is thought to be the oldest such work discovered in Korea so far, and is considered a great work of art due to the fine openwork rendering of the railings and stairs and to the composition taken to express spatial depth.