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Standing Buddha, approx. 700–800

Standing Buddha, approx.700–800

Standing Buddha, approx.700–800. Korea. Unified Silla dynasty (668–935). Gilt Bronze. The Avery Brundage Collection, B65B64.

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Small gold and gilt bronze Buddha and Bodhisattva images have been discovered in pagodas as well as at temple sites, indicating that they were made not only for family altars and private worship but also for specific purposes such as to pray for the eternal rest of a ruler or a famous monk. Buddhist images created during the 700s were full-bodied and more realistic than earlier versions, suggesting that there was an active cultural exchange with Tang (618–906) China.

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