[KS] Two Sokkuram queries

Young-Jun Lee lee41 at fas.harvard.edu
Tue Nov 15 21:15:35 EST 2005

I visited Sokkuram twice in the 1990s and entered inside the grotto but I could not detect any trace of painting.
I would recommend you to view the video produced by KBS-TV:
S?kkuram pulsang edo saek ?l ch'irhaetta [videorecording] / ch'aegim p'?rodyus?, Nam S?ng-u ; y?nch'ul, O Su-s?ng ; chejak, KBS. 

In the video, they insists that many statues were originally painted.

Young-Jun Lee
Visiting Lecturer, Korean Literature
University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. Candidate,
EALC, Harvard University
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Robert Oppenheim 
  To: Koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws 
  Sent: 2005년 11월 9일 수요일 오전 11:23
  Subject: [KS] Two Sokkuram queries

  Dear all,

  I wonder if anyone could help me with two questions.  Forgive me if these 
  are obvious; I'm not an art historian:

  1) The central Buddha at Sokkuram retains traces of red paint on its 
  lips.  Has anyone ever seen a discussion of how the rest of the stone 
  surfaces of the temple were painted, traces remaining into the 20th 
  century, etc.?  {Full disclosure: I've never been inside past the window to 
  see up close}.

  2) Can anyone suggest a reference, more generally, to discussions of 
  conventions of depicting human figures in Korean Buddhist temple painting?

  Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

  Rob Oppenheim

  Robert Oppenheim
  Assistant Professor
  Department of Asian Studies
  University of Texas, Austin
  1 University Station G9300
  Austin, TX 78712
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