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Buddha Meditating Under the Bodhi Tree

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
This image of Shakyamuni depicts him meditating. Above him are the heart-shape leaves of the bodhi tree, a reference to the site where he gained enlightenment, at Bodh Gaya in northern India. This sculpture is made of granite, typically used by carvers in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. By the time it was made, there were few Buddhists in South India, and monasteries in the area relied on patronage from Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. Foreign influence is evident in the flame on the Buddha’s cranial bump (ushnisha), a trait not typically found on Indian Buddhas.
MEDIUM Granite
DATES ca. 900 C.E.
DIMENSIONS 69 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 18 1/2 in., 2357 lb. (176.5 x 80 x 47 cm, 1069.13kg)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of Alice Boney
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
CAPTION Buddha Meditating Under the Bodhi Tree, ca. 900 C.E. Granite, 69 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 18 1/2 in., 2357 lb. (176.5 x 80 x 47 cm, 1069.13kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Alice Boney, 84.132. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 84.132_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 84.132_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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