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Buddha's Conversion of Five Bhiksu

Buddha's Conversion of Five Bhiksu

mid-1300s
(Chinese, active c. 1324-after 1375)
Painting only: 26.7 x 110.5 cm (10 1/2 x 43 1/2 in.)
Location: not on view

Description

This episode stems from the life of the historical Buddha, who, after his enlightenment, was initially hesitant about preaching his own doctrine. After much personal deliberation and prodding by deities, he finally relented. The first converts were the five guards who served him when he was still a prince. For Li Sheng, this is the pretext of the painting, which moves from the interaction of the bhiksu with the Buddha to a broader awareness of the vast surroundings of the scene.
  • Xu Qianxue 徐乾學 [1631–1694]
    Wu Hufan 吳湖帆 [1894–1968]
    (C. C. Wang 王季遷 [1907–2003], New York, NY, sold to Mr. and Mrs. A. Dean Perry)
    ?-1997
    Mr. A. Dean and Mrs. Helen Wade Greene Perry [1911-1996], Cleveland, OH, bequest to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    1997-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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  • {{cite web|title=Buddha's Conversion of Five Bhiksu|url=false|author=Li Sheng|year=mid-1300s|access-date=18 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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