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    Sale 1974

    Indian & Southeast Asian Art

    21 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 567

    A gray schist relief of the Dipankara Jataka


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    A gray schist relief of the Dipankara Jataka
    Gandhara, 2nd/3rd century
    Finely carved with Buddha and a succession of scenes of the Dipankara, with Sumati buying the flowers and finally bowing before him
    14¾ x 14 1/8 in. (37.5 x 36 cm.)

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    According to the legend, when the Dipankara Buddha announced his visit to a certain town, the king reserved all available flowers to pay him proper homage. The young ascetic Sumati was unable to buy any until he met a young girl by chance who had obtained some lotuses. He acquired five from her, on condition that in all future incarnations she should be his wife. When he tossed the lotuses at Dipankara they remained suspended in mid air around the head of the Buddha and Sumati prostrated himself before him.
    This popular scene is here impressively condensed as a sequence of events in one image.


    Japanese Collection, 1990s