Recently excavated in the Yaksugok Valley in Mt. Namsan, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, the head of a Buddha from the Silla period was released to the public today after a simple preservation process.
The Silla Cultural Heritage Research Institute, which unearthed the statue, unveiled it at the research building in Gyeongju City.
In an excavation conducted prior to the maintenance of the historic site of a Buddhist temple, the Buddha's head was found along with a round crystal urna, a spiral or circular dot placed on the forehead of Buddhist images as an auspicious mark, symbolizing a third eye, a small bronze stupa and a bronze statue depicting Buddha immediately after he was born.
At the site where the head was found, a Buddha without a head remains seated.
The head is estimated to belong to the headless Buddha.
*** All photos above are taken by Seyun Oh
경주 남산 약수곡(석조여래좌상절터) 제4사지에서 발견된 통일신라시대 불두佛頭가 간단한 보존처리를 거쳐 오늘 공개됐다. 현장에는 머리가 잘린 석불좌상이 있으니, 본래 이 석불 머리였다고 생각된다.
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