Description In this panel, carved to frame the opening to a shrine within a temple, vines encircle five seated figures. In their original architectural context, the figures would have turned toward the enshrined object of devotion, probably a sculpture of the Buddha. The uppermost figure, a monk with a simple robe and closely cropped hair, holds a book. Gesturing expressively, he is perhaps a teacher. Below him, four richly adorned bodhisattvas sit on lotus pedestals, each flanked by smaller lotuses that grow on long stems. Most likely, they belonged to a group of eight bodhisattvas (known as an "ashta-bodhisattva-mandala"), together with four counterparts carved into the opposite panel of the shrine's doorway.
- Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham. 2001-2003.
Provenance Arnold Lieberman, New York, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John Eskanazi, London, [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, October 3, 1997, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2010, by gift.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2010
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