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Stone Pedestal at Manboksa Temple Site, Namwon

남원 만복사지 석조대좌 ( 南原 萬福寺址 石造臺座 )

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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Stone Pedestal at Manboksa Temple Site, Namwon
Quantity 1 stone pedestal
Designated Date 1963.01.21
Age Goryeo
Address 494-11, Wangjwong-dong, Namwon, Jeollabuk-do

This stone pedestal designed to hold a statue of the Buddha is situated within the grounds of Manboksa Temple, which was allegedly founded by Doseon, a famous monk of the Silla Dynasty. The pedestal is engraved with three hexagonal bases - top, middle, and lower – made from one piece of stone.
On the six sides of the lower base, symbolic images of the elephant’s eyes are carved with many flowers, and a lotus flower on the top. The middle base, which is narrower than the other two, has short-pole patterns on its sides. The top base has a square-hole on the top on which a statue of the Buddha is presumed to been placed. The neighboring parts of the lotus flower engravings on the sides of the upper base have unfortunately been damaged beyond repair. Judging from the hexagonal shape of the pedestal, which differs from the typical octagonal style of the Unified Silla Dynasty, and the flower engravings within the image of the elephant’s eyes, which were popular during the Goryeo Dynasty, it is thought to have been produced in the 11th century.