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Buddhist Altar at Baekheungam Hermitage of Eunhaesa Temple, Yeongcheon

영천 은해사 백흥암 수미단 ( 永川 銀海寺 百興庵 須彌壇 )

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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Buddhist Altar at Baekheungam Hermitage of Eunhaesa Temple, Yeongcheon
Quantity 1 structure
Designated Date 1968.12.19
Age Joseon
Address Baekheungam Hermitage, Eunhaesa Temple 951-792, Cheongtong-ro, Cheongtong-myeon, Yeongcheon, Gyeongsangbuk-do

In general, the altar on which a statue of Buddha is placed (sumidan altar) is a pedestal modeled after Mount Meru (also called Sumeru), a sacred mountain with five peaks in Buddhist cosmology. This altar, 125 cm in height and 413 cm in width, located inside the Geungnakjeon Hall, the Hall of Paradise, of Eunhaesa Temple, was made during the late Joseon Dynasty. It consists of five layers at the front with each layer divided into five rectangular-shaped sections. The top layer is engraved in relief with panel decorations. The second layer is engraved with phoenixes, peacocks, cranes, and pheasants, and the third with very elaborate and skillful designs of dragons, children, fish and frogs. The forth layer is engraved with elephants, lions and deer, all carved inside flower patterns. Both ends of the bottom layer are carved with and faces of goblins, with a dragon pattern in the middle. The distribution of animals and birds on each layer is very special, and the engraving skill is outstanding. Although altars with similar characteristics remain from the late Joseon Dynasty, this one is an especially excellent example.