Worshippers Venerate the Buddha

Worshippers Venerate the Buddha
Place Made:
Pakistan: Ancient Gandhara
2nd-4th century
9-1/4 x 22-1/8 x 3 in. (23.5 x 56.2 x 7.6 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
On View

A meditating Buddha, seated on a grass-strewn seat under a bodhi tree, is surrounded by male worshippers. This fragment possibly depicts the gods celebrating the Buddha’s victory over Mara the Tempter and his three daughters, who tried unsuccessfully to prevent the Buddha from attaining enlightenment.

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