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Cambodian Rattan: The Sculpture of Sopheap Pich
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Four-Sided Pillar with Loving Couples (Mithunas)
Drum Slab Showing the Buddha Standing in the Gateway of a Stupa
The Great Departure and the Temptation of the Buddha
Naga Attendant Holding a Fly Whisk
Head of a Bodhisattva (?)
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This relief shows a Buddhist Wheel of the Law (Dharmachakra) supported by two seated lions atop a pillar (stambha). The Wheel of the Law—an iconic representation of Buddhist teachings (dharma)—is the most important of Buddhist symbols. It serves to evoke the Buddha's First Sermon in the forest at Sarnath ("when he turned the word-wheel") and as a generic symbol of all his teachings. This relief would have formed part of the adornment of a Buddhist stupa, as depicted in the reliefs from Amaravati on display adjacently.
[ Spink & Son Ltd. , London, 1963, Catalogue of an Exhibition of Art from India and Thailand, cat. no. 5]; private collection , New York (1963–2008; to Christie's) ; sale, Christie's, New York , September 16, 2008, lot 3; to MMA
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