Heart Sutra

Yoon Kwang-cho, Korean, born 1946

Made in Korea, Asia


Stoneware with white slip and incised decoration

31 7/8 x 16 9/16 x 13 inches (81 x 42 x 33 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

* Gallery 243, Asian Art, second floor

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Credit Line:
Purchased with the Hollis Fund for East Asian Art Acquisitions, 2003

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In the mid-1990s, Yoon Kwang-cho extended his interest in Buddhism to the time-honored practice of copying the Heart Sutra. Worshipers in China, Korea, and Japan copy this popular Buddhist text many times in their lives to accrue merit for the next existence. The artist has here transcribed the complete sutra onto the surface of this large vessel, using a nail to incise each character into semidried clay.

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