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Wooden Child Manjusri and Samantabhadra of Dogapsa Temple, Yeongam

영암 도갑사 목조문수·보현동자상 ( 靈巖 道岬寺 木造文殊·普賢童子像 )

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Classification Treasure
Name of Cultural Properties Wooden Child Manjusri and Samantabhadra of Dogapsa Temple, Yeongam
Quantity 2
Designated Date 1992.07.28
Address Dogapsa Temple 306, Dogapsa-ro, Gunseo-myeon, Yeongam-gun, Jeollanam-do

These wooden statues are enshrined in Haetalmun Gate of Dogapsa, a Buddhist temple founded by Doseon in the late Silla Period. Haetalmun Gate is a single-story building measuring three kan (unit of measurement referring to the distance between two columns) at the front and two kan at the side and is designated as National Treasure No. 50. The two statues, riding a lion and an elephant, are about 1.8 m tall; their sitting height is around 1.1 m. The sizes are similar, and the same carving technique was used. These statues, with their legs gathered at the front, were combined with the statues of animals after separate production. The present hands are believed to have been inserted again in the later period. The hairstyle of both statues is very magnificent, and the harmonious features express the childlike Buddhas well. They are believed to be Manjusri Bodhisattva, a symbol of wisdom, and Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, a symbol of practice, judging from the fact that they are each riding on the backs of a lion and an elephant, respectively. It is the only wooden work and a rare example of the statues of young bodhisattvas riding a lion and an elephant. According to the record discovered during the restoration of Haetalmun Gate in 1960, the gate was built in 1473, and these statues are presumed to have been made together with the gate.