Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Buddhist guardian deity
  • Korea
  • Buddhist guardian deity, 1200s, Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
  • Where object was made: Haein-sa Temple, Mount Kaya, South Korea
  • woodcut, restrike
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 278 x 219 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 10 15/16 x 8 5/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 395 x 313 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 15 1/2 x 12 5/16 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0036

Figure with fiery halo, dressed in armor, stands with hands together. Could be Weituo (deity who guards Guanyin).

The Tripitaka Koreana (Goryeo Palman Daejanggyeong) is the oldest and most complete extant collection of Buddhist sutras in East Asia. It was carved onto 81,258 woodblocks in 1237-1248 (during the Goryeo dynasty, 918-1392) and is housed at Haein-sa Temple, Mount Kaya in South Korea. (See official online database, http://kb.sutra.re.kr/ritk_eng/intro/introSutra.do)