Buddhist Sutra Container

Buddhist Sutra Container

은제타출 불경상자 (銀製打出佛經匣)

1100s-1200s

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

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.

See also
Collection: 
Korean Art
Department: 
Korean Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork

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