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Amitayus Triad

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This is a typical Buddha image from the Three Kingdoms period, with a boat-shaped nimbus and a lotus pedestal with down-turned petals. The two attendant bodhisattvas are cast with the nimbus, which contains an additional three engraved images of seated Buddhas surrounded by flames. The main Buddha wears an archaic smile and the usnisa a supernatural cranial protuberance) symbolizing supreme wisdom. The shawl, covering both shoulders, flows down the body in U-shaped folds. On the back of the nimbus is carved an inscription, which states that the Buddha of Immeasurable Life was cast in the year of sinmyo, which according to the traditional calendrical cycle is presumed to indicate 571, the 13th year of the reign of King Pyeongwon of Goguryeo.

Goguryeo, dated 571
Gilt bronze
H 18.0cm / National Treasure No.85