This Buddha triad, accompanied by a scroll text stating its date of creation (1651) and the names of sculptors and other people who were directly and indirectly involved in its creation, is highly useful as a reference for dating other mid-17th century Buddhist sculptures.
Muyeom, the creator of this triad, is one of the leading monk sculptors of the early to mid-17th century, of a stature similar to the famous Hyeonjin.
This work is particularly important for understanding how Muyeom’s style evolved over the course of his career.
The three statues making up this triad are finely proportioned and have harmonious features.
They are seated in a stable position, have robust shoulders and an appropriately-sized waist.
Meanwhile, the amount of drapery folds is kept to a minimum in the upper body, and the robe is rendered so that it appears closely fitted to the body, creating a simple yet refined look.
This Buddha triad, a great display of Muyeom’s skills and talent, is also the most accomplished piece of sculptural work by this artist.