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Upagupta Binds Mara to a Mountaintop
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Upagupta Binds Mara to a Mountaintop


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Description This dynamic painting illustrates a story of the former lives of the Buddha, known as the Jataka tales. In these popular stories, which number in the hundreds, the Buddha takes various forms—human, divine, and animal—to carry out virtuous acts of charity, courage, and humility, setting an example for humankind. This painting shows the monk Upagupta confronting Mara, the Buddhist god of desire, who embodies worldly desires and delusions.
Provenance Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Southeast Asian Art Collection; given to Walters Art Museum, 2002.
Credit Gift from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Southeast Asian Art Collection, 2002

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Period
19th century (Rattanakosin)
Medium
paint and gold on cloth
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
35.280
Measurements
H: 25 x W: 18 11/16 in. (63.5 x 47.5 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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