Monday, June 1, 2015

Korean exhibition glimpsing ancient Buddhists through art, relics

Thirteenth-century wooden seated Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva containing bokjangmul, or objects inserted into a relic. Provided by the National Museum of Korea
KOREA---There are some things the ordinary observers of most religions hope their rituals, scriptures and ceremonies will provide. Practitioners often hope for blessings, the protection of property and answers to questions about mortality and the afterlife, among others. The latest exhibit at the National Museum of Korea in Yongsan, central Seoul, shows that Korea’s Buddhists of old were no different. Focusing on art and relics commissioned by commoners and royalty, the exhibition explores who those believers were, what they wished for and what the religion meant to them. [link]