Buddha Preaching the First Sermon Attended by Maitreya and Padmapani
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
H. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm); Gr. W. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm); Th. 11/16 in. (1.7 cm); Wt. 1 lb (.5 kg)
Purchase, Rodolitz Associates Gift, 1989
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 252
This triad depicts the historical Buddha Sakyamuni preaching the first sermon in the forest retreat at Sarnath, flanked by Maitreya and Padmapani, the two premier bodhisattvas of the Licchavi period in Nepal. The Wheel of Law symbol (dharmachakra) flanked by a pair of kneeling deer makes this association explicit.