This gilt-bronze seated Bodhisattva is enshrined at Unbuam Hermitage of Eunhaesa Temple, which was founded by State Preceptor Hyecheol in 809, the first year of the reign of King Heondeok of the Silla Dynasty.
The Bodhisattva is 1.02m high, and wears a splendid crown decorated with designs such as flame patterns, flowers, and birds of paradise.
The statue has an oval face with slim eyes slightly slanted upwards and has splendid bead decoration surrounding the whole body, which is expressed vertically without any curves, giving a stable impression.
This kind of expression shows local characteristics similar to the style of the Dry-lacquered Seated Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva of Jangnyuksa Temple, Yeongdeok (Treasure No.
993) and the Gilt-bronze Seated Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva of Daeseungsa Temple, Mungyeong (Treasure No.
The samdo, i.e.
the three wrinkles on the neck, the knot of the strap below the chest, and the folds in the clothes falling symmetrically around both legs exhibit a style typical of the Bodhisattva statues made during the early Joseon Dynasty.
Based on these points, it can be said that this Bodhisattva statue was made during the early Joseon Dynasty but retains the local characteristics of Gyeongsangbuk-do in the late Goryeo Dynasty.