A Very Rare and Fine Korean Gilt Bronze Figure of Buddha 7th - 8th C.:
Korea, Unified Silla period, 8th 10th Century.
It is cast solid, standing with the hands held in varsa and abhayamudra dressed in loose
robes failing from the shoulders and opening to reveal the bare chest,
the serene face below the protuberant usnisa, the back cast open,
set on two-tiered lotus base supported on a six petal stan.
It has an original gilding remaining, but some body gilding losses and rubbed,
otherwise it is in fine condition without any damages.
It measures 12 cm. x 4.5 cm base (4 3/4” x 1 3/4”)
Reference; for an almost identical iron Maitreya statue exhibited at
“Composite Exhibition of Metal Arts”, Dae Ho Gallery of Antiques and Fine Arts.
Seoul, Korea, by a chairman Kisang Joo, May 28,1997, p.56,57,58, pl. 42-47.