Demons on an Elephant with Nan Brah Dharani, the Earth Goddess, Wringing Water from Her Hair
late 12th–early 13th century
H. 6 5/16 in. (16.1cm)
Gift of Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation, 1997
The presence of demonic figures and of Nan Brah Dharani suggests that this plaque is part of a larger composition depicting Buddha, prior to his enlightenment, being attacked by the forces of Mara, the personification of illusion and evil.
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