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Rock-carved Bodhisattva at Sinseonam Hermitage in Namsan Mountain, Gyeongju

경주 남산 신선암 마애보살반가상 ( 慶州 南山 神仙庵 磨崖菩薩半跏像 )

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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Rock-carved Bodhisattva at Sinseonam Hermitage in Namsan Mountain, Gyeongju
Quantity 1 Buddha statue
Designated Date 1963.01.21
Age Unified Silla
Address San 36-4, Namsan-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do

This 1.4m-high rock-carved Bodhisattva was carved on the southern rock standing right above Chilburam Rock on Namsan Mountain, which may be regarded as a repository of relics and artifacts including Buddha statues spanning the Three Kingdoms Period to the late Unified Silla Period. Judging from the three-sided bejeweled crown he’s wearing on his head, this is clearly a Bodhisattva statue. He looks as if he is sitting on a cloud; while the closed eyes in the plump face give the impression he is lost in deep thought. He seems to be watching mankind from his world above the clouds. He is holding a flower in his right hand and his left hand is held up to his chest as if he is preaching. His robe is very thin, revealing the curves of the body, and hangs down to the base of the pedestal. The mandorla (Buddhist halo of light), which consists of both the dugwang (light radiating from the head) and hte singwang (light emanating from the Buddha’s body), is also the shrine for the statue, so the image of the Bodhisattva looks more prominent. It is presumed that this rock-carved Bodhisattva was made during the late eighth century during the Unified Silla Dynasty.