Dated by inscription to 1628
DU 1989.25; Denison University
Gift of WIlliam A. Hensley
This sculpture depicts the Buddha as he calls the Earth
to witness his deeds before Mara, the god of evil. After successfully demonstrating
that his karma is sufficiently good and defeating Mara, the Buddha reached
Enlightenment. The Buddha spent the next forty years teaching and instructing
disciples on how to reach nirvana. The combination of images from the enlightenment
events and the Buddha's disciples is unusual in Burmese sculpture.
Mr. Hensley was a friend of Muriel Upfill who resided in Burma during the 1930s and early 1940s. This piece was purchased as a birthday present for Mrs. Upfill in the 1930s.