A replica of the main Buddha statue in the Seokguram Grotto (Korean National Treasure No. 24) in Gyeongju, South Korea.
Seokguram Grotto Main Buddha Statue
The main Buddha of the grotto is a highly regarded piece of Buddhist art. It is 3.5 meters in height and sits on a 1.34-meter tall lotus pedestal. The Buddha is realistic in form and probably represents the Seokgamoni Buddha; the position of the Buddha’s hands symbolizes enlightenment. The Buddha has an ushnisa, a symbol of wisdom. The drapery on the Buddha, such as the fan-shaped folds at the crossed-legs of the Buddha, exemplifies Korean interpretations of Indian prototypes. Unlike other Buddhas that have a halo attached to the back of the head, the Buddha at Seokguram creates the illusion of a halo by placing a granite roundel carved with lotus petals on the back wall of the rotunda. The pedestal is made of three parts; the top and bottom are carved with lotus petals while the central shaft consists of eight pillars.
Dimensions – App. 11.5 x 14.5 cm / 4.5 x 5.7 inches
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