Buddha Approaching the Bodhi Tree

Buddha Approaching the Bodhi Tree
Artist:
Pakistan: Ancient Gandhara
Date:
100 - 299  
Medium:
Schist 
Dimensions:
16-1/2 x 18-1/2 x 3-1/4 in. (41.9 x 44 x 8.3 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1975.14.5.S 
Copyright:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
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Description

This panel depicts the Buddha’s selection of the tree under which he will meditate and ultimately achieve enlightenment. After approaching but declining a mango tree, the Buddha chooses the fig tree (Ficus religiosa). The fig tree became known as the bodhi tree because the Buddha reached enlightenment (bodhi) after meditating beneath one such tree for 49 days. A handsome couple stands opposite the Buddha, gesturing him towards the grass covered seat beneath the bodhi tree.

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