This sandstone fragment was once part of a nimbus, or halo, surrounding Buddha Shakyamuni seated beneath a bodhi tree, which can be recognized by its distinctive heart-shaped leaves. The tree is actually a fig tree (ficus religiosa), but became known as a bodhi tree because the Buddha reached enlightenment (bodhi) after meditating beneath one for forty-nine days. The two flying male figures are angels bearing garlands as offerings to the Buddha.
- Title: Nimbus Fragment with Celestial Beings and Bodhi Tree
- Date: c. 100
- Medium: Mottled red sandstone
- Dimensions: overall: 21-3/4 x 39 x 4-3/4 in. (55.2 x 99.1 x 12.1 cm)
- Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
- Accession Number: F.1975.16.01.S
- Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation
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