On the way I saw this sign on the bus. For those who can read Korean...you know what it says. :)
We started out going through the exhibits which begin in the Prehistoric time. This was fun as JH and I had a mini debate over Korean and Japanese arts and how the two resemble each other during this age.
Baekje, 6th-7th century, gilt bronze, H. 61.8cm; National Treasure No. 287; Anonymous temple site at Neungsan-ri, Buyeo, Chungcheongnam-do Province source
Crown and Belt
Silla, 5th century, gold and jade, H. 27.3cm (crown): National Treasure No. 191; North Mound of Hwangnamdaechong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province Crown source
Ten-story Pagoda of Gyeongcheonsa Temple
Goryeo, 1348, H. 13.5m; National Treasure No. 86; Gaeseong, Gyeonggi-do Province source
You can tell a Bodhisattva from a Buddha because Bodhisattva's usually have a crown, jewelery or other embellishments on them...signs they have yet to be enlightened. Source = Korean Art History Course in College
Three Kingdoms period, gilt bronze, H. 82.9cm, W. 37.6kg; National Treasure No. 78
Similar to Kamandalu, Kundika is to collect pure water. It is a water pot, pitcher, a pouring vessel with a spout on the side but without a handle.
It has a long neck, above which rises a slender tube-like mouth that functions as the spout. Another spout is attached to the shoulder, with a small removable lid. Water filled through the covered spout on the shoulder can be poured out through the tubular finial. Kundikas, made of bronze, celadon and unglazed stoneware are held around its neck while pouring. Unlike the kindi, it is filled through the wide spout at the side while the pouring is done through the neck.
In Hindu iconography, the kundika appears as a godly attribute of Brahma and Siva. Lord Siva is Kamantaludharan. In Buddhism, kundika is one of the eighteen holy vessels held by a Buddhist monk. It is the attribute of Avalokiteswara. source
Porcelain with an underglaze iron painted design of plum and bamboo; Joseon, 16th century, H. 41.3cm; National Treasure No. 166 source
Hope you enjoyed that voyage through the museum. It was great to get summersed in Korea's art historical past.