Buddhist Art in Early Korea
"Conjuring a Buddha Land: Monuments of Unified Silla (668-935)"
Asian Art and History:
Experience the Arts and History of Korea
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Sunkyung Kim, Ph.D., scholar and lecturer
Under the zealous support of the royal court and aristocrats, Buddhist culture flourished during the Unified Silla period, culminating in two prominent trends. First, Silla was consecrated as a Buddha Land, understood to be presided over by Buddhas and protected by their sacred power. Second, Buddhist practitioners and craftsmen sought to authenticate their religion by incorporating new elements and motifs from Buddhism’s birthplace, India. This talk explores how Buddhist art became a new and viable arena for dynamic interactions among believers of different status, interests and desires, drawing evidence from major sites ranging from Sŏkkuram — arguably the most representative monument in Korean history — to carvings on the living rocks of Mount Nam.
Admission includes lunch and a discussion with the lecturer immediately following the lecture. This presentation is part of the Asian Art and History lecture series.