Title : Special Postage Stamps for 5000 Years of Korean Art Series (1st Issue)
Gilt-bronze Maitreya
Stamp Serial#
1125 
KPC#
C-814 
MICHEL#
1151 
StanGib#
1353 
Scott#
1163 
Date of Issue
04/01/1979 
Quantity
5,000,000 
Denomination
20Won 
Design
Gilt-bronze Maitreya 
Designer
Park, Yeo song 
Image Area
23mmí┐33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5í┐5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of Korea 
Description
An exhibition of 354 artistic masterpieces representing "5000 years of Korean art" is to be held in seven major cities of the United States from May 1 this year through the end of June 1981. In commemorations of this significant event, the Ministry of Communications is issuing a total of 30 kinds of special postage stamps on six occasions during the exhibition period - 5 kinds of stamps each time - in order to give a fresh image of Korea with abundant cultural inheritance, at the same time showing iff the excellent quality of our traditional culture to the entire world. Degigns to be used as the themes of those special stamps are to be selected from among the entires to the overseas exhibition.

The five following art works have been chosen as the themes for the first of the series:
2. Gilt-bronze Maitreya.
National Treasure No. 83, this half-seated Maitreya, believed to have been carved in the early seventh century during the period of the Three Kingdoms, is considered to be the finest Buddhist figure produced during that period. Preserved at the National Museum of Korea, it measures 93.5cm in height. Sitting on a cylindrical stool, with the right leg placed on the left side knee, the Buddhist figure is engrossed in profound meditation, softly touching a bit of inclined cheek with the tip of the right hand. Still glittering with the plating. The upper part of the body is naked, with the neck encircled by a necklace. The elliptical base, on which the left foot is put, is decorated with the carving of lotus flowers.