Gandhara Lintel Frieze
On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
When the Buddha gained enlightenment, he could have entered Nirvana, the exalted state that offers eternal escape from suffering, but instead he postponed the transition and remained among humans to share his discoveries. After a long life, he chose to depart, a moment called the Parinirvana. His followers surrounded him, some mourning and others meditating on the importance of the moment.
ca. 3rd century
13 1/4 × 14 1/2 × 3 1/4 in. (33.7 × 36.8 × 8.3 cm)
mount (overall): 13 1/2 × 14 3/4 × 3 1/2 in. (34.3 × 37.5 × 8.9 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Manheim
A fine fragment from a relief, depicting the Parinivana of the Buddha, the body lying on a cushioned couch with elaborate legs and a richly decorated cloth turned back at the bottom corners; six figures standing around, possibly monks and the Malla chieftains; one at each end of the couch, three behind, the two remaining undamaged gazing at the body, and one in front, probably Subhadra. Thick foliage of Sal trees above.
Condition: Second figure from left (viewer's) is badly worn. Upper pare of Buddha figure very worn. Two figures at left and right ends of couch are chipped in areas; Lower area of relief is chipped.
Gandhara Lintel Frieze, ca. 3rd century. Grey Schist, 13 1/4 × 14 1/2 × 3 1/4 in. (33.7 × 36.8 × 8.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Manheim, 69.125.8. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 69.125.8_PS11.jpg)
overall, 69.125.8_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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