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Wooden Sakyamuni Buddha Triad and Clay Sixteen Seated Arhats of Dabosa Temple, Naju
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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Wooden Sakyamuni Buddha Triad and Clay Sixteen Seated Arhats of Dabosa Temple, Naju
Quantity 19 Buddha statues, 25 excavated relics (9 written prayers, 14 containers, 2 bottles)
Designated Date 2014.09.19
Age King Injo of Joseon Period
Address Jeollanam-do Naju-si

The Shakyamuni triad and sixteen Arhats enshrined in Dabosa Temple in Naju were made by a team of monk-sculptors led by Suyeon, who is widely regarded as the leading figure of Korean Buddhist sculpture in the early seventeenth century. The texts of several written prayers discovered with the statues reveal that they were made in 1625, and also contain detailed information about the artists who participated in the project, along with its patrons and sponsors, making it a valuable material on Korean Buddhist sculpture of this period. The statues display an ideal harmony between the simple aesthetic sensibility of ordinary Buddhist worshippers of the period and the sophisticated artistry sought by their creators, including Suyeon.