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Loan Object

Buddha Shakyamuni

9th–10th century

Limestone

2 5/8 × 1 3/4 × 1 1/4 in. (6.67 × 4.45 × 3.18 cm)
Lent by Steven M. Kossak, B.A. 1972
ILE2016.30.2
The Buddha reaches down to touch the earth with his right hand, referring to a critical moment in the biography of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. When he was challenged by the forces of evil to justify his right to seek enlightenment, he touched the earth, which thunderously responded in support of the meditating figure, dispelling his tormentors.
Geography: 
India
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Indian
Period: 
Pala period (ca. 750–1100)
Classification: 
Sculpture
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