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Nativity Scene
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

One of the finest stone sculptures from the Bagan Period.

History of the Object
This is a sculpture on a stone slab showing the birth of the Buddha. It is executed in sandstone. It presents the scene of the birth of the Buddha by Mother Queen Maha Mara, which took place in the Lumbini Park during her journey from Kapilavatsu to Devadaha. Queen Maha Mara is holding the branch of a Sal tree in her right hand while her left hand is embracing Gotami. Gotami’s left hand is holding the embracing hand of Maha Mara giving her support. At the right waist of Maha Mara is the Bodhisattva. On the left of the base of the slab, we see the figure of Sakka holding a yak tail fly whisk, Brahma holding an ornamental umbrella and a deity paying homage to the Buddha. On the Sal tree are two deities pouring lustral water.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Sandstone 
Measurements
Width 64.5 cm. Height 115.5 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Bagan Ancient City, Nyaung-U Dristrict, Mandalay Region, Central Lowland 
Geography
Myanmar 
Time period
AD 12th century ~ AD 12th century 
Creation date
12th Century; Mid Bagan Period 
Function
Architectural Decoration 
Acquisition
The sculpture was found in the Myinkaba Gu-Byauk-Nge temple in 1901 and afterwards moved to the museum. 
Copyright
Bagan Archaeological Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Bagan Archaeological Museum 
Museum
Bagan Archaeological Museum 
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