Portable Shrine with Scenes from the Life of the Buddha

Portable Shrine with Scenes from the Life of the Buddha © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Three-Sided Section of a Portable Shrine (11.4 cm high) with Scenes from the Life of the Buddha. Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara), 5th–6th century.

This wedge-shaped quarter section is part of a shrine that would have been circular when closed. The upper four interior registers show events from Shakyamuni’s childhood and his great departure; the lowest two registers juxtapose an emaciated Buddha (representing his enlightenment) with his first sermon.

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© The Metropolitan Museum of Art



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