Portrait of a Buddhist Monk

Artist/maker unknown, Korean

Geography:
Made in Korea, Asia

Period:
Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)

Date:
Late 18th - early 19th century

Medium:
Ink and color on silk

Dimensions:
39 1/4 x 30 3/4 inches (99.7 x 78.1 cm) Mount: 42 7/8 x 34 3/8 inches (108.9 x 87.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

* Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor (Dorrance Galleries)

Accession Number:
1967-30-283

Credit Line:
The Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White Collection, 1967

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Portraits of former masters who had attained enlightenment were revered by disciple monks, a practice that led to the proliferation of paintings such as the one seen here. These commemorative pieces were used during memorial services in celebration of a renowned master. Artists not only sought to show the physical features of the monk but also to represent his enlightened spiritual mind. Earlier portraits depicted such subjects in chairs, based on Chinese prototypes.


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