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Twin Lion Stone Lantern from Godalsa Temple Site, Yeoju

여주 고달사지 쌍사자 석등 ( 驪州 高達寺址 雙獅子 石燈 )

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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Twin Lion Stone Lantern from Godalsa Temple Site, Yeoju
Quantity 1 stone lantern
Designated Date 1963.01.21
Age Goryeo
Address National Museum of Korea 137, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

Found lying on the ground at the Godalsa Temple site, this stone lantern was moved to Gyeongbokgung Palace in 1959. This 2.43m high pagoda only had the light chamber intact with its capstone and other parts missing at the time of discovery. Symbolic images of the elephant’s eyes are engraved on the side of square bottom stones, and two lion statues are placed on the base stone. Both lions are crouching with their paws out, with clouds on their back as if to support the upper stone. Cloud patterns are engraved in the middle of the base stone, and lotus patterns are engraved on the upper stone. The light chamber above them has four windows to all four sides. What sets these twin lion statues apart from others is that they’re crouching, while most of twin lion statues found in Korea are standing on their four legs. Judged from its carving style and technique, it was built in the 10th century during the early Goryeo Dynasty.