[Vol. 21 No. 2] TREE MOTIFS IN SEVENTH-CENTURY SILLA STELES
|Title||Tree Motifs in Seventh-century Silla Steles|
Vol. 21 No. 2
pp. 461~480 (all 20 pages)
Buddhist stele (佛碑像), Unified Silla, jeweled tree (寶樹), Amitābha (阿彌陀), Maitreya (彌勒)
Stone steles served multiple purposes in different cultures: as a territorial marker, an edifying tablet, a political edict, a votive altar, a funerary monument, or a celebratory reminder of remarkable individuals or events. Chinese steles carved with images of Buddhist deities are monuments that testify to the process of adoption and adaptation across different cultural traditions. As products of the Buddhist appropriation of non-Buddhist Chinese steles, steles with Buddhist imagery are hybrids.