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The Buddha triumphing over Mara, flanked by two seated Buddhas
Place of Origin: India, Bihar state
Date: approx. 800-900
Materials: Stone (chlorite schist)
Style or Ware: Pala
Dimensions: H. 19 in x W. 11 1/2 x D. 5 in, H. 48.3 cm x W. 29.2 cm x D. 12.7 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: B60S123+
On Display: No

Description

Label:

Lotus and transcendence

In Buddhist imagery, lotus flowers frequently form a pedestal or throne upon which the Buddha or a bodhisattva sits. Buddhists believe that the heart of every sentient being resembles an unopened lotus; when enlightenment is attained, the lotus blossoms. The lotus-shaped throne is symbolic of the figure’s having transcended the human world through enlightenment.

This sculpture depicts the Buddha seated atop a lotus throne, with his right hand reaching down to touch the earth; this gesture is symbolic of his moment of Enlightenment.


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Exhibition History: "Flower Power", Asian Art Museum, 6/23/2017-10/1/2017
Label:

Lotus and transcendence

In Buddhist imagery, lotus flowers frequently form a pedestal or throne upon which the Buddha or a bodhisattva sits. Buddhists believe that the heart of every sentient being resembles an unopened lotus; when enlightenment is attained, the lotus blossoms. The lotus-shaped throne is symbolic of the figure’s having transcended the human world through enlightenment.

This sculpture depicts the Buddha seated atop a lotus throne, with his right hand reaching down to touch the earth; this gesture is symbolic of his moment of Enlightenment.


Exhibition History: "Flower Power", Asian Art Museum, 6/23/2017-10/1/2017