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: Scenes from the life of the Buddha

Scenes from the life of the Buddha

Type
Buddhist frieze
Historical period(s)
Kushan dynasty, late 2nd-early 3rd century
Medium
Stone
Dimension(s)
H x W x D: 67 x 289.8 x 9.8 cm (26 3/8 x 114 1/8 x 3 7/8 in)
Geography
Pakistan or Afghanistan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1949.9a-d
Label
After meditating for forty days beneath a pipal tree, the Buddha approached the moment of omniscience. Evil demons have failed to distract him, and he calmly touches the earth goddess to witness his attainment of enlightenment. His right hand, lowered in the earth-touching gesture (bhumisparsha mudra), signals that moment. The Buddha is depicted with the characteristic forehead mole (urna) and cranial bump (ushnisha) that symbolize his immense spiritual capacity.
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Sculpture, Stone
Keyword(s)
Afghanistan, birth, bodhi tree, Buddha, Buddhism, enlightenment, Kushan dynasty (1st century BCE - 299 CE), monk, Pakistan, parinirvana, preaching, Queen Maya, worship
Collection(s) Area
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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