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Mahaparinibbana of Buddha
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

One of the finest stone sculptures from the Bagan Period.

History of the Object
The sculpture presents the scene of the demise of the Lord Buddha (Maha Parinibana in the Pali language). Originally, it was always in the niche of the Myinkaba Gubyauk Nge temple. In 1990, it was moved from its original place to the former archaeological museum in Bagan to protect it from theft. There is a reclining Buddha In the centre of the stone slab. On the upper part Brahma, Sakka, Devas and monks are sitting paying homage to the Lord Buddha. At the lower part, the princes from the seven neighbouring countries sit, also paying homage to the Buddha. Near the Buddha's head and feet, two monks pay homage.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Sandstone 
Measurements
Width 130.6 cm. Height 90.2 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 at the Myinkaba Gu-Byauk-Nge temple in 1901 and afterward, in 1990, transferred to the museum. 
Copyright
Bagan Archaeological Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Bagan Archaeological Museum 
Museum
Bagan Archaeological Museum 
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  • susantha kariyawasam215 weeks ago

    I'm an sculptor and I like the style of this sculpture and it has a great composition.

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