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Mural Painting in Geungnakjeon Hall of Muwisa Temple, Gangjin (Amitabha Buddha Triad)
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Classification National Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Mural Painting in Geungnakjeon Hall of Muwisa Temple, Gangjin (Amitabha Buddha Triad)
Quantity 1 Item
Designated Date 2009.09.02
Age King Seongjong of Joseon Period
Address Jeollanam-do Gangjin-gun

The mural painting shows the image of Amitabha Buddha seated at the center flanked by the images of standing Avalokitesvara and Ksitigarbha Bodhisattvas. Clouds are in the backdrop, with three arhats on each side. The mural about the Pure Land of Amitabha appears to be quite similar to the images of Amitabha Buddha’s triad next to it. The image of Amitabha Buddha at the center is seated cross-legged on a high lotus pedestal, with a robe worn on both shoulders and a halo above the head. Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva standing to his left wears a thin, transparent robe, with hair flowing down the shoulders. Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva on his right holds a cane on the right hand and a magic bead on the left hand. Green and red were mostly used. The mural, which is said to have been painted by Master Haeryeon in 1476 (7th year of the reign of King Seongjong of Joseon), displays the characteristic features of Buddhist paintings of the early Joseon Dynasty with simplistic patterns and expression of figures, at the same time containing the features of those of the Goryeo Period with gentle colors.