Veneration of the Buddha as a Fiery Pillar

Veneration of the Buddha as a Fiery Pillar

late 100s-200s

Limestone

Overall: 59 cm (23 1/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1943.72

Description

Lively, attenuated figures of celestial beings or nature divinities (yakshas) dance and praise the fiery pillar, which stands in for the presence of the Buddha. The top portion of the pillar surrounded by flames is at the bottom of this fragment, and it is topped with a motif that combines a lotus flower with a trident-shaped symbol often used to mark a sacred and auspicious presence.

See also
Collection: 
Indian Art - Andhra
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Limestone

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