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Buddhist Triad with Shakyamuni, c. 1000

India: Bihar, Gaya Region, 975-1025
Schist
26-3/4 x 17-1/8 in. (67.9 x 43.5 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1973.01.01.S
© The Norton Simon Foundation

On view

The large central figure is Buddha Shakyamuni, seated beneath the bodhi tree, suggested by the two large branches with leaves on either side of his head. While seated beneath the bodhi tree, the Buddha becomes enlightened, signified by his gesture of touching the earth with his right hand.

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