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Meditating Buddha with Alms Bowl Enthroned in a Foliated Niche

Pala period
ca. late 10th–early 11th century
India (Bihar)
H. 16 15/16 in. (43 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1997
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 238
This meditating Buddha with an alms bowl is likely the Amitabha Buddha in the form of one of the medicine Buddhas, such as Bhaisajyaguru. A horned monster face (kirtimukha) with a string of pearls issuing from his jaws provides a protective presence over the meditating Buddha, who is framed by a pearl-bordered nimbus. Foliage and two lotus flowers fill the arch. This architectural relief is a false window antefix from a Pala-period Buddhist monument.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Early Buddhist Manuscript Painting: The Palm-Leaf Tradition," July 29, 2008–March 22, 2009.

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