Scenes from the life of the Buddha

citation

Historical period(s)
Kushan dynasty, late 2nd-early 3rd century
Medium
Stone
Dimensions
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
Accession Number
F1949.9a-d
On View Location
Freer Gallery 02: Body Image: Arts of the Indian Subcontinent
Classification(s)
Sculpture, Stone
Type

Buddhist frieze

Keywords
Afghanistan, birth, bodhi tree, Buddha, Buddhism, enlightenment, Kushan dynasty (1st century BCE - 299 CE), monk, Pakistan, parinirvana, preaching, Queen Maya, worship, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962

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.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum