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Preaching Buddha

The name of the photographer is Mr. Lee Kyung-Tak (who always works for the conservation studio), but he wants us not to put his name with the photo. And he said it was not necessary to ask him for doing any paper work on this matter.

Preaching Buddha

17th century

The monumental size, fine quality, and rarity make this painting one of the masterpieces of Korean Buddhist paintings in the U.S. Seated on a lotus pedestal, the Shakyamuni Buddha is preaching the Lotus Sutra on Vulture Peak. He is surrounded by bodhisattvas, guardians, and his disciples.
ink and color on hemp
Image: 136 x 117 1/2 in. (345.5 x 298.5 cm)
Overall scroll: 146 1/2 x 121 7/16 in. (372.1 x 308.5 cm)
Overall height with hardware: 148 1/2 in.
Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection
Provenance: Yamanaka & Co., Inc, United States, to 1942; [liquidation sale by Alien Property Custodian, Yamanaka & Co., Inc., 1943, lot 1652]; [Jan W.A. Kleijkamp]; purchased from Kleijkamp by Seattle Art Museum, 1943
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Luminous: The Art of Asia", October 13, 2011 - January 8, 2012

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Five Masterpieces of Asian Art: The Story of their Conservation", May 5, 2007 - September 9, 2007
Published References"Korean Art Collection in the Seattle Art Museum, U.S.A." Tajaon Kwangyaoksi: Kungnip Munhwaja Yaonguso, 2015, pg. 141.

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