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    Buddha Sakyamuni as child with Confucius and Laozi. Chinese painting on silk; 18th century.


    Grey schist relief panel depicting the maha-pari-nirvana, the Buddha's physical passing from this world. The grieving figures that surround the dying Buddha include prnces, beggars and lay-followers. In front of the couch on which he lies are the monk Ananda and the nun Subhadra. OA 1913.11-8.17


    Schist relief panel depicting the division of the Buddha's relics, from Gandhara, 2nd century. A table with thick, elaborately turned legs dominates the panel. A densely worked textile covers it, on which sit eight reliquaries. The brahmin Drona stands behind the table, in the middle of the scene, flanked by the princes. Guards holding spears flank the table legs. In the next frame stands a bare torsoed female figure with one hand on her hip, and the other holding on to the branch of a tree. According to the ancient Sanskrit text, the Mahaparinirvana-sutra, the Buddha himself gave detailed instructions for the cremation of his body and the preservation of his relics. He apparently died in the kingdom of the Mallas of Kushinagara and they performed the final rites and ceremonies as he had sanctioned. When word spread of the Buddha's death, seven of the clans from surrounding territories sent emissaries, each proclaiming his clan's right to a share of the relics. However the Mallas of Kushinagara responded by announcing their intention to keep all the relics for themselves, on the ground that the Buddha died in their territory. A brahmin named Drona intervened to ensure that all eight claimants received an equal share. OA, 1966.10-17.1


    Limestone carving of the enlightenment of the Buddha, 1st BCE. A group of men worship at the spot; at the base of the empty throne are the Buddha's footprints with the "Wheel of the Law" set in motion by Buddha's first sermon. A pair of kimranas (semi divine beings) hover above the bodhi-tree. OA 1880.7-9.79


    Shakyamuni preaching the Lotus Sutra on the Vulture Peak, silk embroidery on hemp cloth from Cave 17, Dunhuang, China. He is accompanied by two disciples and the bodhisattvas Avalokiteshvara and Mahasthamapapta. This is one of the largest known examples of Chinese embroidery. OA Ch.00260


    An illustration to the "Ten Kings Sutra", late 9th,early 10th CE. The roll shows two of the ten kings, each sitting before a draped table attended by the Good and Bad Boys (recorders of a person's good and evil deeds during life).Virtuous couples, carrying sutra-rolls, and sinners in chains and large wooden collars are driven past by their goalers. OA 1919.1-1.080


    The Life of Buddha Shakyamuni - the armies of Mara attacking the Blessed. He is depicted making the "Touching the earth" gesture. Sariputra and Maudgalyayana, Buddha's foremost disciples, are shown on either side of the painting. Tibetian tangka painting (oil on silk); 18th century.


    The Life of Buddha Shakyamuni - detail of his childhood including Siddharta's birth from his mother's side. Tibetian tangka painting (oil on canvas); 18th century.


    Fragment of a frieze from the central step of a stair leading up to a stupa. Limestone, H: 17,2, L: 25,9 cm Gandhara-style, from Chatchil-i-Gundi, Hadda, Afghanistan. MG 17210


    Christ and Buddha,1890.


    Avalokiteshvara found in Dunhuang Caves, China; 910 CE. The central figure of Avalokiteshvara has his usual attribute of Buddha Amitabha on his head-dress. He stands upon a floating lotus, holds a willow spray in his left hand and a flask in his right. An inscription on the back of the painting identifies the shaven-headed figure as the Very Reverend nun Yanhui, the young man on the right is the probationary chamberlain Zhang Youcheng. OA 1919.1-1.014


    Nobleman accompanied by his squire (fragment from a scene with the life of Buddha). Wallpainting from Dun Huang. China; Tang dynasty, 7th century CE. Inv. EO 1153.


    Fresco with Buddhas in the cupola of a grotto. H: 100 cm, diameter: 300 cm Gandhara-style, from Kakrak (Bamiyan) 7th-8th CE MG 17901-17906


    Sitting Buddha from the Monastery of Tapa-Kalan, Hadda,Afghanistan. 3rd-4th CE Stucco,48,5 x 33,5 x 10,5 cm


    Head of a Buddha, Vat Romlok, Angkor Borei (Ta keo) Pre-Angkor period. 6th-7th Sandstone, H:28 cm ka 1085


    'The Great Renunciation', painting on hemp cloth, Korean, Choson dynasty, early 18th century. Although Korea was a strict Confucian state during the Choson dynasty (1392-1910), by the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Buddhism became less oppressed and more popular. According to Buddhist teachings, the future Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama, sees the 'four sights': an old man, a sick man, a corpse and an ascetic, and reaches an understanding about the transience of life, deciding to abandon his comfortable world. Here he is shown escaping from the palace on his white horse during the night. He is accompanied by his groom Chandaka. In the lower left his wife and other women of the palace are portrayed sleeping while at top right, heavenly deities are shown helping Siddhartha fly silently over the palace wall. OA, 1996.10-3.02


    Avalokiteshvara as Guide of Souls, early 10th CE. He is identified by the figure of the Buddha Amitabha in the headdress of this figure. He is leading the soul of a female devotee to the halls of paradise, depicted by the three top nabds each with tiny buildings. He has a censer in his left hand and a long staff with a banner. OA 1919.1-1.046


    The Life of Buddha Shakyamuni - Parinirvana and the death of Buddha. In Buddhism, Parinirvana means Buddha's physical passing from this world. Tibetian tangka painting (oil on canvas); 18th century.


    Tanka-Paradise Padmasambhava. Indian mystic Padmasambhava, in Sanskrit meaning "lotus-born", is said to have brought Tantric Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century CE. In Bhutan and Tibet he is better known as Guru Rinpoche ("Precious Master") where followers of the Nyingma school regard him as the second Buddha. Tibetan tangka painting; 19th century.


    Buddha protected by Naga, the cobra who is the guardian of water and subterranean treasure. Plantation of Peam Chang (Konpong Cham). Angkor period, first half 12th Sandstone, H: 114 cm ka 1680


    Devata and Bodhisattva, schist. 4th-5th CE from Mardan, Gandhara, Pakistan MA 3537


    Buddha of the "great miracle". Limestone with traces of gilding. H: 83 cm, 3rd - 4th CE Gandhara-style, from Paitava, near Charikar, Kapica. MG 17478


    Stone head of Buddha, Gupta, India, 5th century.


    Head of Gaul,from the Monastery of Tapa-Kalan, Hadda,Afghanistan. 3rd-4th CE Stucco,11,5 x 7,7 x 5,5 cm TK 68


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