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Worshippers Venerate the Buddha, 2nd-4th century

Pakistan: Ancient Gandhara, 100-399
9-1/4 x 22-1/8 x 3 in. (23.5 x 56.2 x 7.6 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation

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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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