: (Gyeongju Namsan: Silla Pure Land Buddhist Statues)
by Kang Woon-gu (photos by); Kim Won-yong and Kang Woobang (text by)
Seoul: Y rhwadang, 1987. First edition. Hardcover. vg+ to near fine. Folio. 197pp. (8). Brown photo-illustrated dust jacket with silver lettering on front cover and spine. Beige linen cloth boards with black lettering on spine. High quality woven brown endpapers The publication is beautifully shot photographic survey of Namsan (Southern Mountain), Gyeongju National Park in South Korea. The area is known for its large Buddhist stone sculptures and rock carvings of various types and methods, dating from the Silla period in Korea's history. Many of the sculptures are carved directly into the mountainside. Since that time the mountain(s) has been viewed as a spiritual and sacred place which has a connection with the "Pure Land" school of Mahayana Buddhism. Profusely illustrated with full and double-page color photographs of these splendid stone carvings and statues as well as the majestic natural landscapes than surround them. Photos with captions underneath in Chinese characters. Two essays, "The Beauty of the Buddhist Remains at Mt. Namsan" and "An Essay on the Namsan at Gyeongju" are also included. The back includes a map of the area detailing the locations of the various carvings featured in the book. Text in Korean with Chinese characters. Dust jacket with some minor smudging, and scratches with some creasing along edges. Tail of spine on dust jacket with small closed tear. Dust jacket in overall very good+ condition, binding and interior in near fine condition.
(Inventory #: 40885)
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