Fasting Buddha Shakyamuni

Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 235

After reaching enlightenment at Bodhgaya, Shakyamuni meditated and fasted for forty-nine days. Thus, showing him as an emaciated renouncer relates to his enlightenment and his status as a yogic ascetic who has ultimate control over his body. Other characteristics that relate to his enlightenment include the kusha grass on which he sits and the scene on the base, which shows the Buddha's first sermon, at Sarnath.

Fasting Buddha Shakyamuni, Schist, Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)

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