Segment of a Throne or Aureole

Segment of a Throne or Aureole
Place Made:
16th century
Gilt-copper repoussé 
16-1/2 x 13-1/2 in. (41.9 x 34.3 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View

Part of a throne or an aureole for a large Buddha image, this panel is covered with intricate designs. The central figure of the panel is Bodhisattva Samamabhadra identified by the deity’s elephant mount. He is flanked by a mythical half-feline, half-avian creature known as a sardula. Along the edge of the panel is a series of four seated Buddha figures emanating from the tail of a kinnara, a half-man, half-avian creature.

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