Demons on an Elephant with Adorant

Period:
Angkor period
Date:
late 12th–early 13th century
Culture:
Cambodia
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Lindemann, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.367
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 249
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.
Mr. and Mrs. George L. Lindemann , New York (until 1998; donated to MMA)