Korean Pensive Bodhisattvas and Japan


Since the Three Kingdoms period and the Unified Silla period in Korea, Pensive Bodhisattva statues created on the Korean Peninsula, which displayed great beauty and artistic perfection, became important objects of worship. Later, in the 7th century, Pensive Bodhisattva statues produced in Korea were introduced into Japan, and their influence led to the production of the same type in Japan.


Pensive Bodhisattva (金銅半跏思惟像)

Three Kingdoms period, the late 6th century, gilt bronze, H. 83.2cm. National Museum of Korea. ⓒNational Museum of Korea

Gilt-bronze Pensive Bodhisattva 

(金銅半跏思惟像)

Three Kingdoms period, 6~7th century, gilt bronze, H. 17.1cm. National Museum of Korea. ⓒNational Museum of Korea

Gilt-bronze Pensive Bodhisattva 

(金銅菩薩半跏思惟像)

Asuka period, 7th century, gilt bronze, H 26cm. Tokyo National Museum, Japan. ⓒColBase


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