India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir) or Pakistan / Reliquary (?) with scenes from the life of the Buddha / ca. 10th centuryIndia (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir) or Pakistan
Reliquary (?) with scenes from the life of the Buddha
ca. 10th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Indian Sub-Continent; Pakistani; Kashmiri
Creator Dates/Places: India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir) or Pakistan
Creator Name-CRT: India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir) or Pakistan
Title: Reliquary (?) with scenes from the life of the Buddha
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 880
Creation End Date: 1019
Creation Date: ca. 10th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Bone with traces of color and gold paint
Dimensions: H. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Description: Clearly the product of extraordinarily sophisticated and technically skilled workshops, eighth-century carved ivories from Kashmir are rare. Created from an approximately triangular section of bone, believed to be from an elephant, this remarkable piece testifies to the continuation of skills extending the tradition by at least a century. The object, with three scenes depicted on its sides, was probably part of a reliquary. The first two scenes show the miraculous birth of Siddhartha, later to become the Buddha , and his temptation as he meditated at Bodh Gaya immediately prior to becoming the Buddha. The third scene, clearly the focus of the carving, shows a rare representation of a crowned and jeweled Buddha seated cross-legged on a lion throne.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1985.392.1
Credit Line: Gift of The Kronos Collections, 1985
Copyright: Copyright ?? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art . All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1985.392.1
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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