SEOUL, May 24 (Korea Bizwire) – Bangasayusang (better known as Pensive Bodhisattva in English) is a statue of Buddha characterized by a pensive pose, in which one leg is crossed over another leg, and the elbow of the figure’s raised arm rests on the knee of the crossed leg. This type of statue was first manufactured in India, then spread from Central Asia to China, and eventually found its place in Korea and Japan.
Now, for the first time in history, two Bangasayusang from Korea and Japan met for the first time at the National Museum of Korea to commemorate the countries’ 50 years of diplomatic relations. They are Korea’s gilt-bronze Bangasayusang (national treasure no. 78) and Japan’s wooden Bangasayusang, which is also a national treasure.
The exhibit will continue until June 12, and the Buddhas will be transported for an exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum, which will begin on June 21 and run until July 10.
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