Asia Week auction, WTF4: Korea. By whom, from where, when and how were Buddhist temple attendants taken?

KooNewYork has a pair of carvings of temple attendants from Korea. They were offerings at a Buddhist temple and, as KooNewYork boasts, they still contain the sutra scriptures that were written by the worshippers who gave them to the temple.

By whom, from where, when and how were the temple attendants taken?

How did the Korean carvings arrive in the United States?

Pair of Polychrome Wood Figures of Buddhist Temple Attendants. Joseon Dynasty, 18th/19th Century, Korea. Each with originally consecrated sutra scripture pages inside. Height: 19.25 inches (48.9 cm).

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