Kashyapa

Period: Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)

Date: dated 1700

Culture: Korea

Medium: Wood with polychrome paint

Dimensions: H. 22 in. (55.9 cm); W. 9 in. (22.9 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1942

Accession Number: 42.25.8

Description

This standing figure in a monk’s robe is Kashyapa (Korean: Gaseop), the eldest of the two principal disciples of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. His smiling face and relaxed posture convey benevolence and wisdom.

According to the inscription with the votive offerings placed inside, the statue was made on the twenty-ninth day of the third month in 1700, together with a Buddha and arhat figures (Korean: nahan), at a temple retreat on Mount Duryun in Yeongam district, now part of Daeheung Temple in South Jeolla Province. The monk-sculptor Saengnan, whose works can be found today in Jeolla Province, was among the artists involved in this project.

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