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Mirror with Incised Design of Buddha Triad

late Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)–early Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
15th century
Diam. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
Not on view
In contrast to most bronze mirror decorations, which are molded onto the back of the mirror, this example has a plain back a line drawing of the Buddha attended by two bodhisattvas incised into the cold bronze of the mirror face. While the drawing style preserves the elegant lines and intricacy of the Goryeo pictorial tradition, the pointed ushnisha, or cranial protuberance that symbolizes the Enlightened One's transcendent wisdom, is a stylistic feature associated with Tibetan lamaist sects that were influential during the Joseon dynasty.
New York. Asia Society. "The Story of a Painting: The Korean Buddhist Treasure from the Burke Foundation," April 23, 1991–July 28, 1991.

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