May 23, 2014

Buddha's Previous Life as a Woodpecker: Javasakunda Jataka

Buddha's Previous Life as a Woodpecker: Javasakunda Jataka

c. AD 175–225


Overall: 30.7 x 54.2 x 9.6 cm (12 1/16 x 21 5/16 x 3 3/4 in.)

Gift of George P. Bickford 1970.350



Scenes from the past lives of the Buddha were among the major themes found on early Buddhist monuments. This one exemplifies his acts of kindness and his intelligence in one of his past lives when he was a born as a woodpecker and helped dislodge a bone from a lion's throat.

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