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Mara’s daughters tempting Prince Siddhartha
RVI 25
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

In the early centuries after his death, Buddha was not depicted as a human being, but in the form of emblems (an empty throne, a wheel or footprints). Only hundreds of years later did artists in northern India create sculptures of Buddha in human form. One important centre of early sculpture was the Gandhara region, which today encompasses parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Since the campaigns of Alexander the Great, Gandhara had maintained close cultural links with the Mediterranean region, which is reflected in this sculpture's aesthetic affinity with Greek art (pleated robes, face, hair worn up).

History of the Object
The relief shows Prince Siddhartha being beleaguered by the beautiful daughters of the demon Mara. The girls were supposed to keep the prince from his meditation, but Siddhartha resisted them and attained Enlightenment, thus becoming a Buddha.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Schist 
Measurements
Height 32 cm. Length 43 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Gandhara region 
Geography
Pakistan 
Time period
AD 2nd century ~ AD 4th century 
Creation date
2nd Century - 4th Century 
Function
Architectural Decoration; relief. 
Acquisition
Doris Wiener, New York (1999) 
Copyright
Museum Rietberg Zürich 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum Rietberg Zürich 
Museum
Museum Rietberg 
Credit line
Museum Rietberg Zürich, Donated from the legacy of Georgette Boner 

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