Buddha Preaching

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Geography:
Made in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India, Asia

Period:
Pala-Sena Dynasty (750-1100)

Date:
c. Late 9th - early 10th century

Medium:
Schist

Dimensions:
10 x 8 3/8 inches (25.4 x 21.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1921-36-13

Credit Line:
Purchased with the George W.B. Taylor Fund, 1921

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Label:
The Buddha here wears a crown, necklace, and earrings to highlight his role as universal sovereign rather than as prince before his renunciation. He holds his hands in the gesture of setting the Wheel of Buddhist Law in motion (dharmachakra mudra). It was with images created during the rule of the Pala dynasty of eastern India (eighth through twelfth century) that this gesture became the standard position by which to depict the Buddha preaching.