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Hanging Painting of Tongdosa Temple (Sakyamuni Buddha)
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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Hanging Painting of Tongdosa Temple (Sakyamuni Buddha)
Quantity 1
Designated Date 2002.10.19
Age King Yeongjo of Joseon Period
Address Gyeongsangnam-do Yangsan-si

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. In this painting, Shakyamuni Buddha holds a flower twig. The image of Shakyamuni Buddha, wearing a crown on the head, fills up the canvas. The piece portrays a head disc and a body mandorla. Light green and red clouds are placed in proper positions in the space at the top outside the mandorla. The black-painted background provides a sense of space. The portrayal of the hands and feet conveys exquisite, resilient sense of maturity. The body mandorla is depicted as if it is the background of the painting. Peony blossoms symmetrically placed on both sides of Shakyamuni Buddha add to a pleasant atmosphere. The remarks at the bottom say that the piece was painted by 14 monk painters -- including Duhun, with Monk Taehwal’s arrangement of supporters -- in 1767 (the 43rd year of King Yeongjo’s reign). Overall, the piece has been preserved well. It features neat and refined brush strokes, stable and well-proportioned body, gorgeous-looking and harmonious colors, and diverse and exquisite expression of patterns. It is also accompanied by a sign showing its title Painting of Shakyamuni Buddha. Thus, it is a precious material for those studying Buddhist hanging paintings of the 18th Century.