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Buddhist Art in Early Korea: "Conjuring a Buddha Land: Monuments of Unified Silla (668-935)"

The Baker Museum Education Space

Conjuring a Buddha Land: Monuments
of Unified Silla (668-935)
Dr. Sunkyung Kim
Jan 7, 10:30am
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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.

Dr. Sunkyung Kim

Dr. Sunkyung Kim

Dr. Sunkyung Kim is a scholar specializing in Buddhist art, mortuary practices and the visuality of early medieval China and Korea. Her publications include “Seeing Buddhas in Cave Sanctuaries,” Asia Major 24, No. 1 (2011); “Awakened, Awaiting, or Meditating? Readdressing the Seated Image of Silla Korea at the Buddha Valley on Mount Nam,” The Journal of Korean Studies 16, No. 1 (2011); and “Contesting the Lost Land, New Land, and Pure Land: Buddhist Steles of Seventh-century Korea,” Archives of Asian Art 59 (2009).


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