shiragibutsu 新羅仏
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 (Jp; *Kudara 百済) Kingdoms and united the Korean Peninsular. This period is known in Japanese as Shiragi touitsu jidai 新羅統一時代. The style of the sculpture was based on that of the Tang dynasty China, 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 (Jp; Keishuu 慶州), the capital of the Silla dynasty. In addition to stone statues, shiragibutsu were also created in gilt bronze *kondou 金銅. Most are small figures (15-30cm high) made in the late 8c and early 9c, again using styles and techniques based on those of Tang China.


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