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Temptation of Buddha by the Evil Forces of Mara

Temptation of Buddha by the Evil Forces of Mara

700s
Location: 237 Himalayan

Description

Intimate shrines for personal meditation practices contained scenes from the life of the Buddha. In an episode just prior to his achievement of enlightenment, the Buddha sat in meditation and faced personifications of the final obstacles. In this exquisite rendering derived from the Greco-Roman realism of Gandharan art, demons attack him in an attempt to scare him off the path. Seductive women do their best to distract him. He remains placid and firm in his conviction that these beings have no inherent reality, and he renders them powerless.
  • ?–1971
    (N. V. Hammer, Inc., New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    1971–
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Tardy. Les ivoires; évolution décorative du Ier siècle à nos jours. Paris: Tardy, 1972. Mentioned and Reproduced: p. 188, fig. 2
    Lee, Sherman E. "The Year in Review for 1971." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 59, no. 1 (1972): 3-46. Mentioned: no. 139, p. 46; Reproduced: no. 139, p. 25 www.jstor.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1978. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1978. Reproduced: p. 293 archive.org
    Pal, Pratapaditya, and Robert L. Brown. Light of Asia: Buddha Sakyamuni in Asian Art. Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1984. Mentioned and Reproduced: cat. no. 44, p. 102
    Chandra, Pramod. The Sculpture of India, 3000 B.C. to 1300 A.D.: [Exhibition]. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1985. Mentioned and Reproduced: cat. no. 81, p. 172
    Czuma, Stanislaw. "A Unique Addition to the School of Kashmiri Ivories." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 75, no. 8 (October 1988): 298–319. Mentioned and Reproduced: p. 306, figs. 10 and 11; p. 308, fig. 13 www.jstor.org
    Czuma, Stanislaw J. "Ivory Sculpture." In Art and Architecture of Ancient Kashmir. Pratapaditya Pal, ed. pp. 57–76. Bombay: Marg Publications, 1989.
  • Sacred India. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 5, 1985-January 12, 1986).
    Main Asian Rotation (Gallery 245). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (July 2, 2014–August 13, 2015).
    Himalayan Gallery (236). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (November 24, 2015–present).
  • {{cite web|title=Temptation of Buddha by the Evil Forces of Mara|url=false|author=|year=700s|access-date=01 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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