Buddhism pictures are depicting the belief of Buddhism, and they are one of the objects of worship with towers, statues of Buddha, and Buddhist scriptures.
Buddhism pictures can be classified wall paintings, altar portraits, hanging pictures, portraits, and pictures for explaining Buddhism scriptures.
At the early age of introducing Buddhism, pictures were mainly wall paintings. But wall paintings were unable to move, so altar portraits were became common.
Buddhism pictures were drawn for solemnity, enlightening, and worship.
In Joseon Dynasty, Buddhism was on the decline according to the national policy of suppression.
But certain royal families, high officials, and publics still
supported Buddhism, and it managed to continue producing Buddhism pictures due to the supports.
Drawing of the pictures was the responsibility of monks called Geumeo or Bulmo and they drew many kinds of Buddhism pictures.
Seonam-sa Sungbo Museum is in possession of about 105 pictures including hanging pictures drawn in 1753(National Treasure No. 1419).
As the main temple for the party of Jogyesan artists who was the main stem of Korean Buddhism pictures, Seonam-sa produced many kinds of Buddhism pictures t
hat were evaluated as excellent works.