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The Conversion and Ordination of Nanda

Period:
Ikshvaku period
Date:
3rd century
Culture:
India (Andhra Pradesh, Goli)
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 11 in. (27.9 cm); W. 89 1/2 in. (227.3 cm); D. 6 11/16 in. (17 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1930
Accession Number:
30.29
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 235
This panel tells the story of the conversion of the Buddha's half-brother, Nanda. He was initially skeptical of joining the Buddhist order, wanting to instead remain with his beautiful wife. Through discussion and ultimately a miraculous flight over the Himalayas to the heaven of Indra, the Buddha was able to convince him to join the monastic order.
[ C. T. Loo & Co. , New York and Paris, by 1930; sold to MMA]
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