Bronze Buddha triad discovered by ancient pagoda temple

A gilt-bronze Buddha triad was excavated around Jinjeon Temple’s Three-story Stone Pagoda in Yangyang, Gangwon, South Korea. The artefact dates to the  Three Kingdoms Period (57 BC-668 AD).

The Buddha triad (by Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration)

The Buddha triad measures 8.7 centimetres in height. It features the bodhisattva known as Avalokitesvara in the centre, with two Hyupsi bodhisattvas on his left and right. The light from his head and body is engraved in relief. Officials of the Yangyang County and the Kukgang Archeological Institute who conduct excavations around the Jinjeon Temple’s pagoda state, that there are few Buddha triads from the Three Kingdoms Period that are so well preserved, clearly showing the facial expressions as well as patterns on the garments.

(after Korean JoongAng Daily & Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration)

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