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Narrative Panels with Scenes from the Buddha's Life
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Narrative Panels with Scenes from the Buddha's Life


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Description The upper panel depicts the Buddha’s first sermon at Sarnath, in northeastern India, where he had experienced enlightenment. He is seated with his robe over one shoulder; his raised hand seems to be gesturing the turning of the wheel of Buddhist law, or "dharma." This posture is referred to as "dharmacakra mudra," or the gesture of teaching. "Mudra" is a Sanskrit word for a symbolic hand gesture that communicates specific ideas to the viewer. This panel might have been made to decorate the surface of a stupa, an encased sacred mound containing relics of the Buddha or one of his followers.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
3/09/2010Examinationexamined for loan
Exhibitions
  • 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; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
  • Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art. Asia Society, New York. 2010.
Provenance Walter Shurkin, Albuquerque, New Mexico; purchased by John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, August 1969; given to Walters Art Museum, 2008.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2008

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Creator
Period
2nd century CE
Medium
gray schist
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
25.259
Measurements
H: 30 × W: 14 × D: 4 3/8 in. (76.2 × 35.56 × 11.11 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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