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금동반가사유상 삼국
金銅半跏思惟像 三國
Pensive bodhisattva

Three Kingdoms period (57 B.C.–A.D. 676)
mid-7th century
Gilt bronze
H. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm); W. 4 in. (10.2 cm); D. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Walter and Leonore Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 2003
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 233
Images of the pensive bodhisattva became prevalent in East Asia between the fifth and eighth centuries. In Korea, the type emerged as an important Buddhist icon during the sixth and seventh centuries, particularly in the kingdoms of Baekje and Silla. This seated figure is among the best-preserved examples. It is infused with a subtle yet palpable energy that is articulated in such details as the pliant and lifelike fingers and toes. His crown is topped with an orb-and-crescent motif, indicating Central Asian influence.
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