|KEY WORD : art history / sculptures|
|A style of Buddhist sculpture made during the period of Korean history when the Silla Dynasty (Jp; Shiragi 新羅) defeated the Koryo and Paekje Kingdoms and united the Korean Peninsular. This period is known in Japanese as Shiragi touitsu jidai 新羅統一時代 (654-935). The style of the sculpture was based on that of the Tang Dynasty China (Jp; Tou 唐, 618-907), combined with characteristic Silla simplicity and gentleness. The statue said to best represent this style is the stone statue known in Japanese as Keishuu sekkutsuan 慶州石窟庵, one of a number of shiragibutsu preserved in temples in Kyongju 慶州(Jp; Keishuu), the capital of the Silla Dynasty. In addition to stone statues, shiragibutsu were also created in gilt bronze (see *kondou 金銅). Most are small figures (15-30cm high) made in the late 8th and early 9th centuries, again using styles and techniques based on those of Tang China.|
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