LACMA to Return 4 Korean Paintings
|Buddha Seokgamoni Preaching to the Assembly on Vulture Peak, 1755|
LACMA will restitute four Joseon Dynasty paintings that were apparently stolen from Korea's Mount Seorak temple by American soldiers in 1954. The paintings include a large Buddha Seokgamoni Preaching to the Assembly on Vulture Peak that was conserved on public view at LACMA and displayed with some fanfare in 2011. Three other paintings are from a set of Underworld Kings (1798).
GIs taking home cultural "souvenirs" is a problem in all war zones. The 13-feet-high Vulture Peak Buddha came to LACMA in six pieces and was considered too fragile to display until its conservation. The Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism plans a ceremony marking the restitution in August.
More on LACMA's Unframed blog.