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Stone Lantern of Geumsansa Temple, Gimje

김제 금산사 석등 ( 金堤 金山寺 石燈 )

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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Stone Lantern of Geumsansa Temple, Gimje
Quantity 1 stone lantern
Designated Date 1985.01.08
Age Goryeo
Address Geumsansa Temple 1, Moak 15-gil, Geumsan-myeon, Gimje, Jeollabuk-do

According to the history, Geumsansa Temple was established in 600 and greatly enlarged in the reign of King Gyeongdeok of Silla. The stone lantern, with its finial decoration fully remaining, is located in the front yard of Daejangjeon Hall which stands at the left side of the temple. It is usual for a stone lantern to have pillars between the bottom and the top pedestal beneath the light chamber in the center, and the roof topped with the finial decoration. The bottom pedestal has eight lotus petals engraved on the round surface. The pillar between the two pedestals narrows as it goes up, maintaining an octagonal shape. The top pedestal is larger and heavier than the bottom one and it also has eight lotus petals. The light chamber is octagonal in shape and has a window on four sides with three holes around the windows. The holes are assumed to be for holding the window which would block the wind when the lantern was lit. The roof is also in the shape of an octagon, and has a floral pattern on its eight sides. With its simplicity and beauty, this stone lantern harbors some features that suggest that it dates from the Goryeo Dynasty, such as the location of the floral pattern on the sides of the roof and the method of engraving used at some points.