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Buddhist Sutra Container

Buddhist Sutra Container

은제타출 불경상자 (銀製打出佛經匣)


Gilt silver with incised Buddhist designs

Overall: 9.5 x 6 x 2.3 cm (3 3/4 x 2 3/8 x 7/8 in.)

Gift of Mitsuru Tajima 1998.122


This container was designed to hold sutras, or Buddhist sacred texts. The Four Heavenly Kings, one for each of the cardinal directions, are incised on the exterior of the container. Images of the Four Heavenly Kings can often be found on Korean containers for sacred relics and sutras, and are symbolic of the wish to preserve the Buddha’s teachings.

See also
Korean Art
Korean Art
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