Video: Masterwork: The Buddha Triumphing over Mara

Asian Art Museum
Mar 20, 2014

The main figure in this stone sculpture from the 900s shows many characteristic features of images of the Buddha. Here we see elements that tell us we’re in the presence of the Buddha as he was on the threshold of achieving enlightenment. Above his head are branches of heart-shaped leaves. They indicate the sacred bodhi tree, under which he is said to have attained enlightenment some 2,500 years ago. For more information:  http://www.asianart.org/collections/buddha-triumphing-over-mara

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