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Hanging Painting of Geumdangsa Temple
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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Hanging Painting of Geumdangsa Temple
Quantity 1
Designated Date 1997.08.08
Age King Sukjong of Joseon Period
Address Jeollabuk-do Jinan-gun

This type of large-sized painting used to be hung in the front courtyard of a temple hall at an open-air sermon session or ritual. The painting measures 8.70m (L) by 4.74m (W). The edge of the mandorla is adorned with flame patterns in flamboyant colors, with ten miniature Buddha images to the left and right of the Buddha. The crown worn by the Buddha contains images of many miniature Buddha faces and phoenixes. The face is disproportionately larger than the other parts of the body. Avalokitesvara holds a lotus twig. With its gorgeous adornments and patterns, the robe dominates the canvas. Crimson color is mostly used, with green, pink, and white colors creating a hazy, subdued atmosphere. The piece was made by four painters, including Myeongwon, in 1692 (the 18th year of King Sukjong’s reign). The overall flamboyant and hazy colors and patterns carry a feature of the Buddhist paintings of the 17th Century. This one, along with the hanging paintings in Tongdosa and Muryangsa Temples, is said to be one of the best hanging paintings made in the country.