Skip Navigation

Gandhara Lintel Frieze

Asian Art

Although Shakyamuni Buddha reached enlightenment, he postponed his entrance into nirvana so that he could remain on earth to assist others in their quest for truth. After many years of teaching his new doctrine to a growing number of followers, Shakyamuni chose to depart the earth. Surrounded by mourning disciples, the Buddha is depicted reclining on a couch after his death. This particular image of the Buddha has been rubbed smooth by years of worship.

MEDIUM Grey Schist
  • Place Made: Gandhara, India
  • DATES ca. 3rd century
    DIMENSIONS 13 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. (34.3 x 36.2 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 69.125.8
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Manheim
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
    You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please contact reproductions@brooklynmuseum.org (charges apply). For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact copyright@brooklynmuseum.org.
    CAPTION Gandhara Lintel Frieze, ca. 3rd century. Grey Schist, 13 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. (34.3 x 36.2 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)
    IMAGE overall, 69.125.8_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
    "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.
     <em>Gandhara Lintel Frieze</em>, ca. 3rd century. Grey Schist, 13 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. (34.3 x 36.2 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)