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Clay Seated Vairocana Buddha Triad of Beopjusa Temple, Boeun
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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Clay Seated Vairocana Buddha Triad of Beopjusa Temple, Boeun
Quantity 3
Designated Date 2003.02.03
Age King Injo of Joseon Period
Address Chungcheongbuk-do Boeun-gun

In this triad, the image of Vairocana Buddha is set at the center flanked by that of Amitabha Buddha and that of Shakyamuni Buddha. Vairocana Buddha has a square face and a robust, contourless body. The left hand covers the right hand in a gesture of knowledge-fist mudra. The robe hung on both shoulders flows down symmetrically from the wrists. Amitabha Buddha looks quite similar to Vairocana Buddha, with the left held up to chest level and the right hand right above the lap. The thumb and the forefinger of the right hand are touching each other. Shakyamuni Buddha also looks quite similar to the other two. The fingertips of his right hand, which is on the lap, all point downward, as many images of Shakyamuni Buddha do. Overall, the three images display a robust body and a young-looking face as well as thick robe wrinkles. They are major pieces that display the new esthetic quality of a period past the late 16th Century. According to the relevant records, they were made in 1626 (the 4th year of King Injo’s reign) and gold-plastered 121 years later, i.e., in 1747 (the 23rd year of King Yeongjo’s reign).