Buddha
India
Pala Dynasty, ca. 10th century
Stone
26 cm (10 ΒΌ in)
Provenanace
Exhibited
Publications

This finely carved black stone stele depicts one of the eight events from the ashta-maha-pratiharya cycle, the eight great events of the life of the Buddha. The Buddha is shown seated in padmasana on a double lotus pedestal with both hands resting on top of his legs in dhyana mudra, grasping a begging bowl. A small monkey is depicted making an offering to the Buddha, referencing an offering of a honeycomb made by a monkey to Siddhartha. This meritous act lead to the monkey being reborn as a human allowing him to eventually reach enlightenment. Pala dynasty depictions of the ashta-maha-pratiharya cycle are not uncommon, however the eight events are usually represented together on one stele. It is possible that this was once part of a large representation of the eight great events.

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