Death of the Buddha

2006bf0035 jpg l

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Acquired in 1948 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
1948 Burlington Exhibition J.Irwin, Indian Art. A Brief Guide, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1962, fig.2 W, Zwalf, Buddhism: Art and Faith, British Museum Publications,London, no.27. The Art of India and Pakistan. London, 1950, pl.19. For events at Parinirvan see Banerji, The eastern Indian School of Medieval Sculpture, p.82. Burgess, Buddhist Art in India, pp.117-8. Vigier, The life of the Buddha, pp.44-8.
collection_code
SSEA
credit
date_end
0300-12-31
date_start
0100-01-01
date_text
2nd century-3rd century (made)
descriptive_line
Lower part of a relief showing a scene at the death of the Buddha (Parinirvana), grey schist, 3rd century AD, Gandhara
dimensions
Height: 48 in, Width: 15.5 in
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
Bought from Col.D.H.Gordon
gallery
South-East Asia, room 47a
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
id
25011
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T21:03:04.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T21:03:04.000Z
latitude
30.441851
location
South-East Asia, room 47a, case EXP
longitude
69.359703
marks
materials
schist
materials_techniques
Grey schist
museum_number
IS.7-1948
museum_number_token
is71948
object_number
O25034
object_type
Sculpture
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
The lower half of a relief depicting the Buddha's death (parinirvana). Five disciples are seen grieving in a row in front of the sweeping drapery of the deathbed. On the left-hand side the stricken, groaning figure of Vajrapani props up his reclining body with one arm while the other is raised above his head, having dropped his attribute, a thunderbolt, to the ground. He has curly hair and is bare-chested,dressed only in a robe round the lower part of his body He is being comforted by a bearded man with a top-knot and large earrings. To his right another man half kneels and looks despairingly upwards, raising his (now damaged) right arm up towards where the body of the dead Buddha would have been above. He too is bare-chested, but he wears a necklace and wrist bangles with an uttariya draped over his left shoulder . The next figure is of an ascetic, bare-chested, dressed only in a lower garment with his hair tied up in a topknot. He sits cross-legged and shields his head behind his right hand while his left one rests on top of his left knee. The last figure on the right is of a meditating monk with his hands wrapped in his robe in his lap with his eyes cast down. He has a cap-like hairstyle with the ends flicked back across the centre of his head and caught in a tassel-like arrangement over his forehead. He is presumably Subhadra, the last convert. He sits next to a netted water bag suspended from a tripod of three poles lashed together on the extreme right.
place
Pakistan
primary_image_id
2006BF0035
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
death-of-the-buddha-sculpture-unknown
sys_updated
2014-06-20T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
carving
title
Death of the Buddha
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
300
year_start
100