Name/TitleSilk to wrap reliquary, Mireuksa stupa
About this objectThis small piece of silk mbroidered with gold thread is thought to have been used to wrap the reliquary of the western stupa at Mireuksa (彌勒寺). This is the oldest surviving stupa in Korea (see our stupa story). The temple was established by King Mu (武王, r.600–640 ) of Baekje with three stupas, two made of stone and one of wood. This stone stupa is interesting because it shows how stone-working skills of the local builders were used to emulate the wooden pagoda-stupa form, common in China and, prior to this, in Korea.
In 2009, during restoration, a cavity was discovered at the centre of the top of the first-storey containing śarīra, reliquaries and offerings. This piece of embroidered silk was through to have been a wrapping for one of the relic containers.
Date Made7th century
Subject and Association KeywordsRelics
Subject and Association KeywordsSilk
Subject and Association DescriptionLearn More: Best 1982; Oh 2016.
Medium and MaterialsSilk with gold thread
Measurements29.3 x 16 cm
Credit LineIksan National Museum
Object numberEXH80: silk to wrap reliquary