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The Enlightenment of the Buddha
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This sculpture is a very early evidence of scenes of the life of the Buddha. It is an excellent example of the finest sandstone sculptures in the Bagan Period.

History of the Object
This stone statue was discovered in the Nga-ga-Yon temple to the South of old Bagan. This is the scene of the Enlightenment of the Buddha at the foot of the sacred Bo Tree. The right hand is touching the earth and the left hand is placed on the foot. This position is called Bhumisparsa Mudra in Pali. Most of the Buddha images found have fingers which have the same length. However, the fingers of this statue are like human fingers, of various length.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Sandstone 
Measurements
Width 60.7 cm. Height 103 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Bagan Ancient City, Nyaung-U Dristrict, Central Lowland 
Geography
Myanmar 
Time period
AD 11th century ~ AD 11th century 
Creation date
11th Century; early Bagan Period 
Function
Religious 
Acquisition
It was found from Na-Ga-Yon Temple in 1901 and later transferred to the museum. 
Copyright
Bagan Archaeological Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Bagan Archaeological Museum 
Museum
Bagan Archaeological Museum 
Credit line
 

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