Buddha
Buddha
Buddha
Buddha
Buddha
Buddha

Image Resources | Currently on View in John T. and Norma A. Thompson Gallery

Buddha

Unknown


From the 8th through the 12th centuries, Indian Buddhism reached an apogee under the Pala kings and their successors in the regions of Bihar, western Bengal, and Bangladesh. Monks and pilgrims from lands as distant as China and Burma came there to study. Buddhist art of this period first flourished in Magadha, the homeland of Sakyamuni in southern Bihar, and gradually art production centers arose further eastward.

A huge corpus of sculpture survives from the period. Most common are stelae like this example, which may have been made for placement in a decorative niche on a building or as the main object of worship in a shrine. The mudra (gesture) is called dharma-chakra (Wheel of the Law) and signifies the Buddha’s teaching of the path to enlightenment.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Miller; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1983.

Object Information

artist
Unknown
nationality
Indian
period
Pala
creation date
1000s
materials
chlorite
dimensions
9 11/16 x 6 13/16 x 2 3/4 in.
accession number
1983.189
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Miller
collection
Asian Art
colors