Jan 25, 2005

Siddhartha at the Bodhi Tree

Siddhartha at the Bodhi Tree

AD 100s–200s


Overall: 73.7 x 57.2 cm (29 x 22 1/2 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1997.151


The tree under which the Buddha reached enlightenment marks the center of the composition. It had been under worship by local villagers, for it was known to be the residence of a nature divinity, who here emerges from the tree and altar to praise the Buddha. The altar itself is covered with kusha grass used in the context of sacrificial offerings. At the base of the altar, the earth goddess has risen from the ground and kneels before him in reverence.


A Narrative Relief
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