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Attendant Bearing a Fly Whisk (Chauri)

Attendant Bearing a Fly Whisk (Chauri)

c. 100-150

Red sandstone

Overall: 55.8 cm (21 15/16 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1965.472

Description

This figure would have been one of two flanking a king, the Buddha, or other royal or holy figure. The relaxed stance indicates that he is an attendant, rather than a central icon. Early depictions of the Buddha in India frequently have images of chauri-bearers on either side. They are identifiable as nature divinities called yakshas during this period, but in later periods the Buddha's attendants can be recognized as specific bodhisattvas, who are beings on the path to enlightenment.

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