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Standing Disciple Mahakasyapa Holding a Cylindrical Reliquary

Standing Disciple Mahakasyapa Holding a Cylindrical Reliquary

c. 550

Limestone with traces of pigment

Overall: 116 x 33 x 25 cm (45 11/16 x 13 x 9 13/16 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1972.166

Description

Mahakasyapa, the disciple of Shakyamuni, is presented with closed eyes in an expression of meditative concentration. He is holding a reliquary for the Buddha’s ashes, which symbolize the Buddha entering final spiritual attainment (nirvana) at death. The artistic simplicity exemplifies the spiritual content of this figure.

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