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Y. G. Srimati Indian

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This is among the earliest works by Srimati that allude to the sixth-century Buddhist murals at Ajanta. The sensuous figure-type and dark complexion directly reference Ajanta prototypes, as does the textile design of the woman’s waist skirt. The artist identified the subject as Sujata, the young woman who in the Buddha’s life story offered milk and rice to the fasting ascetic Shakyamuni. This experience alerted the Buddha to the efficacy of the middle path—namely, that neither overindulgence nor excessive self-mortification is conducive to enlightenment and the release of the soul.

Sujata, Y. G. Srimati (Indian, 1926–2007), Watercolor on paper, India (Chennai)

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