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Standing Buddha

Creation date: ca. 1900
Creation place: Korea

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Type: Iron Sculpture
Medium and Support: Iron
Credit Line: Gift of Eugene and Marian Gabrych
Accession Number: 2002.166
Dimensions: 21 1/2 in. x 7 in. x 6 1/8 in. (54.61 cm x 17.78 cm x 15.56 cm)
Currently on view


Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Gabrych, Fallbrook, California ( - December 28, 2002)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 28, 2002 - )

Label Copy

November 2004
Past In Reverse: Contemporary Art from East Asia [Historical section]
This sculpture of a standing Buddha testifies to the importance of Buddhism in Korea. Cast in iron, this rare form of a Buddha is uniquely Korean in style with its square face, heavy jowls, and sense of solidity in the figural structure. Exhibiting relatively unusual iconography, his right hand is held down in the gift-giving gesture. In his left hand he holds a lotus, which is likely to have been a pedestal for another sacred object, such as a miniature stupa (sacred relic monument) or a vase. This continuity into the early twentieth century of Koryo imagery, which in turn was based on art of Song dynasty China, suggests a sustained interest in imagery of the past within the context of a Korean Buddhist temple.

Central to Buddhist philosophy is the concept of impermanence and the negation of the inherent existence of a person's soul or individual identity. Such ideas especially resonate with the work of Kim Young Jin and Yiso Bahc, which suggests that Buddhism continues to hold particular significance in South Korea.
Last Updated: 8/9/2011


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art of East Asia: Korea San Diego Museum of Art , 1/17/2013 - 00/00/00

Art of East Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2013 - 8/1/2013

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