Gautama Buddha, Seated in Bhumisparsa Midra with Two Arhats, Surrounded by Scenes from His Life According to the Lalita-vistara
Object Place: Nepal
54.5 x 73.4 cm (21 7/16 x 28 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Distemper on cotton
Not On View
Painting with decorative borders, mounted on support panel. Would have originally been in thangka format.
Seated Buddha Shakyaminu flanked by two disciples and making the bhumisparsha mudra (earth-touching gesture). Image also contains narrative scenes from the Buddha’s life proceeding in a clockwise direction, and culminating in the Buddha’s parinirvana in the upper-left.
1907, Edward W. Forbes, Cambridge, MA; 1907, gift of Forbes to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 11, 1907)
Gift of Edward Waldo Forbes