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Treasure 15

Stone Lantern of the Four Guardian Kings at Beopjusa Temple, Boeun
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Classification Treasure 15
Name of Cultural Properties Stone Lantern of the Four Guardian Kings at Beopjusa Temple, Boeun
Quantity 1 stone lantern
Designated Date 1963.01.21
Age Unified Silla Period
Address Beopjusa Temple, 379, Beopjusa-ro, Songnisan-myeon, Boeun-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
Beopjusa Temple is the main temple of the 5th parish of the Jogye Order.

It was constructed by Uisin in the 14th year of King Jinheung (553).

It's common that, with the "stone lantern" at the center, the "in-between pillar" of stone lantern has a 3-steped base stone and a roof stone with a finial. The bottom stone is a square.

And the lower foundation stone on it is carved with 8 lotus flowers all around it.

3-steped prop is put on the foundation stone, and the middle foundation stone of the big octagon column is set on the prop.

The 8 lotus flowers are carved on the upper foundation stone, too.

The "stone lantern" with 4 windows also is an octagon.

On the four sides of it, the images of the Four Devas, the god of guarding the Buddhist canon, is carved.

The roof stone has a relatively deep and wide groove.

The eight corners of the roof are slightly lifted, which gives an impression of lightness.

The finial on the top of the roof stone doesn't remain. It shows a great work in Unified Silla Period with refined detail decoration and excellent carving expression.

It is considered that it was made in the middle of 8th century, the glory age of Silla's Buddhism art.