Journal of Korean Art & Archaeology: Special Gaya
National Museum of Korea

Volume : vol. 15 (2021)
ISSN : 2577-9845
Frequency : annually

Editorial Note: The Unique Characteristics of Gaya Culture

Gaya competed with Silla for hundreds of years in the area that is now known as the Gyeongsang region of South Korea but eventually succumbed in the late sixth century. Gaya's history was resultingly disparaged because, from the victorious point of view, it had always been part of Silla.

Gaya appears under the name Imna in Korean and Mimana in Japanese in the Nihon shoki, which relates the history of ancient Japan. Its descriptions seem to imply that Gaya's territory was actually part of Yamato Japan and that an institution for its governance was maintained.

The situation changed markedly in the 1970s with the excavations of Gaya tombs by Korean archaeologists. The nature of the artifacts recovered from these tombs, especially their quality rivaling that of artifacts from Silla, came as a welcome surprise to all. Data produced by archaeological excavations have since provided a foundation for Gaya research and have been used to adress the errors found in previous studies that had been based only on textual research. As a result, it has now become possible to present new knowledge of Gaya's history and culture.


Editorial Note
005  The Unique Characteristics of Gaya Culture
by Kim Taesik

Special: Gaya
013  Gaya History and Culture
by Kim Taesik

027  Gaya Armor: The Culmination of Gaya Iron Crafting
by Kim Hyuk-joong

041  Developments in the Pottery Culture of Gaya
by Lee Jeonggeun

053  The Ancient East Asian World and Gaya: Maritime Networks and Exchange
by Hong Bosik

071  A Fantasy in Korean Buddhist Painting: Hungry Ghosts in Nectar Ritual Paintings
by Kim Seunghee

086  Casting Techniques for Gilt-bronze Pensive Bodhisattva Sculptures: Focusing on Korean National Treasures No. 78 and No. 83
by Min Byoungchan

104  Photography Credits

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