Meditating Buddha with Alms Bowl Enthroned in a Foliated Niche
ca. late 10th–early 11th century
H. 16 15/16 in. (43 cm)
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1997
Not on view
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.