Panel of a Portable Shrine

Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 236

Such portable shrines from Gandhara have been found in Khotan, providing a rare glimpse into how style and religious iconography traveled into Central Asia. The upper register in the interior illustrates the Buddha’s miraculous birth and the lower presents the Parinirvana, his death.

Panel of a Portable Shrine, Phyllitic brown schist, Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)

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