Birth of the Buddha Shakyamuni

Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)

Not on view

This panel, together with the one showing Maya's dream (1976.402), was part of a larger set that would have sequentially encircled the drum of a small stupa to recount the life of the Buddha. Here, Maya reaches up to grasp a branch of a tree, much like earlier representations of yakshis (female nature deities), and miraculously gives birth to the Buddha out of her right side.

Birth of the Buddha Shakyamuni, Stone, Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)

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