Results 1 308
74 Previous Next

Death of the Buddha
Additional Views Explore Object
Creative Commons License

Death of the Buddha


Description Provenance Credit
Description Sculptural panels such as this one, illustrating scenes from the life of Shakyamuni Buddha, were carved for the facades of stupas, reliquary mounds enshrining remains of the Buddha or his disciples. This scene depicts the death of the Buddha, when he passed into "nirvana," the end of his cycle of rebirth. The three bejeweled lay disciples standing behind him show anguish on their faces and raise their arms in grief; two monastic followers mourn similarly (the kneeling monk is usually identified as the Buddha's disciple Ananda). One monk, however— identified as Subhadra, the Buddha’s last convert—calmly sits at the Buddha’s bedside. He remembers that the Buddha has attained nirvana, a state of non-existence and freedom from suffering.
Provenance Mr. and Mrs. Anthony A. Manheim; given to Walters Art Museum, 1978.
Credit Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony A. Manheim, 1978

Download Image Add to Collection Creative Commons License

Creator
Period
ca. 2nd century century (Kushan)
Medium
phyllite
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
25.56
Measurements
H: 18 7/8 × W: 22 1/16 × D: 4 3/16 in. (48 × 56 × 10.7 cm); With wall mount H: 19 5/16 × W: 22 1/16 × D: 4 15/16 in. (49 × 56 × 12.5 cm)
Geographies

Tags


    Thumbnail: Death of the Buddha Thumbnail: Death of the Buddha Thumbnail: Death of the Buddha
    Zoom Out Zoom In Back to Details  
    Full Size: Death of the Buddha