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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:
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.
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