Buddha Preaching the First Sermon Attended by Maitreya and Padmapani

Buddha Preaching the First Sermon Attended by Maitreya and Padmapani

This triad depicts the historical Buddha Shakyamuni preaching the first sermon in the forest retreat at Sarnath, flanked by Maitreya and Padmapani, the two premier bodhisattvas of the Licchavi period in Nepal. The Wheel of Law symbol (dharmachakra) flanked by a pair of kneeling deer makes this association explicit.

Details

  • Title : Buddha Preaching the First Sermon Attended by Maitreya and Padmapani
  • Year : 8th–9th century
  • Classification : Sculpture
  • Medium : Stone
  • Dimension : H. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm); Gr. W. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm); Th. 11/16 in. (1.7 cm); Wt. 1 lb (.5 kg)
  • Accession No : 1989.294
  • Country/ Geo-location : Kathmandu Valley
  • Culture : Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
  • Museum : The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Credit Line : Purchase, Rodolitz Associates Gift, 1989
  • Acquisition Method : Purchase, Rodolitz Associates Gift, 1989
  • Status : On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 252