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[Treasure] Goryeo-era celadon meditating arhat

Nov 07,2019

This is a restoration of the six fragments of a sculpture found in Gukhwa-ri on Ganghwa Island in Incheon in the 1950s.

The man is looking down as if in meditation.

Seated on the rock-shaped pedestal, it leans against the small table with folded arms and half-raised right knee.

He has handsome eyes and eyebrows and a high nose.

The pedestal, hair, eyebrows, pupils and some parts of the robe folds are painted in black with iron powder.

The verge around the robe folds are embossed with dots using white clay without iron powder.

This work, with its fine workmanship shown in a meditating posture and treatment of the table and rock pedestal, was eloquent of the sculptural art of the Goryeo period.

Name: Celadon Seated Arhat with Paste-on-paste White Dot Design

Period: Goryeo

Location: Gangnam District, southern Seoul

Status: National Treasure No. 173