Buddhist Sutra Container

은제불경상자 (銀製佛經匣)

1100s-1200s
Overall: 9.5 x 6 x 2.3 cm (3 3/4 x 2 3/8 x 7/8 in.)
Location: not on view
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This container was designed to hold a portable Buddhist sacred text.

Description

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.
Buddhist Sutra Container

Buddhist Sutra Container

1100s-1200s

Korea, Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

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