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Vairocana Buddha's Buddhist Alter Painting

Vairocana Buddha's Buddhist Alter Painting Share


#374-8 (Dongsan-ri, Woljeongsa Temple), Odaesan-ro, Jinbu-myeon
Gangwon Province.


Cultural Asset


Type : Gangwon Province Tangible Cultural Asset No. 134
Classification : Buddhist painting
Title : Yeongwonsa Temple's Vairocana Buddha alter painting
Quantity : One (1) piece
Designation Date : December 29, 2001.
Location : Woljeongsa Temple Seongbo Museum
Period : Joseon Dynasty
Possessor : Woljeongsa Temple
Manager : Woljeongsa Temple

This Vairocana Buddha Alter Painting shows well typical characteristics of Buddhist paintings in the latter half of the 18th century of the Joseon Dynasty(1392-1910) as described in the balanced body of the statues of the Buddha, a graceful face, tiny features, elegantly flowing lines of a brush and the tone of thick red and green colors. As the painting record tells the exact years of manufacturing and the painter, the painting is of great value as a basic for understanding the Buddhist paintings of the time.

The piece was initially shrined in Yeongwonsa Temple located at Geumdae-ri, Panbu-myeon, Wonju-si(or city), but is currently housed in the Woljeongsa Temple's Seongbo Museum. The painting record at the bottom-center of the painting tells that the work was manufactured in 1759(in the 24th year of Qing's Chien Long reign) and was shrined in the Yeongwonsa Temple on Chiak Mountain in Wonju.
Generally, the Buddhist painting is serious in terms of exfoliation of creak and coloring, but highlights its stable composition and scrupulous description. The work is evaluated as a valuable material in studying the Buddhist paintings in the latter half of the Joseon Period in that the painting record tells the years of manufacturing, enshrinement venue and a monk painter of manufacturing.


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