Maitreya in Korea and Japan

Left Photo: Korea, NT #83
Three Kingdoms period, late 6th c.
Gilt bronze, 83.2cm (32.75 in) high.
National Museum of Korea, Seoul

Right Photo: Japan, National Treasure
Asuka period, 1st half of 7th c.
Red pine, 123.5cm (48.6 in) high
Koryuji temple, Kyoto, Japan

These statues are so similar in pose and execution that the Japanese statue is generally thought to be of Korean origin. It may be the statue that is recorded as having been presented to Koryuji in 623 by the Kingdom of Silla.