Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The National Museum of Korea highlights devout patrons of Buddhist art

By Lee Woo-young
“Avatamsaka Sutra (The Flower Garland Sutra),” created in 1334. (Horim Museum)
KOREA---Around 1247, Empress Hampyeong of Goryeo (918-1392) commissioned an artisan known for his skilled silver engraving to inscribe patterns of clouds and lotuses on a bronze vase in a prayer for the well-being of her family and country. It was after her two sons were sent away as punishment for attempting to remove a general who took power in a coup d’etat, while her daughters had to marry his sons. The new exhibition at the National Museum of Korea sheds light on those patrons of Buddhist art. [link]