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Buddha Worship
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Buddha Worship

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Description This dynamic painting illustrates one of the Jataka tales--stories of the former lives of the Buddha. 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 humanity. This painting depicts a pious woman named Sujata offering boiled rice to the Buddha as he sits under a tree in meditation. The Buddha eats the rice, thus breaking his fast and setting into motion the events that lead to his enlightenment.
Credit Gift from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Southeast Asian Art Collection, 2002

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19th Century (Rattanakosin)
paint and gold on cloth
(Painting & Drawing)
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Overall: 25 x 18 7/8 in. (63.5 x 48 cm)
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Not On View


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