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Image of The Buddha and Nanda in the Heaven of the Thirty-three Gods

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The Buddha and Nanda in the Heaven of the Thirty-three Gods

Creation date: late 2nd century
Creation place: Pakistan

Other Information

Type: Stone Sculpture
Medium and Support: Stone
Credit Line: Gift of the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection
Accession Number: 2006.224
State/Province: Northwest Fronteir Province
Dimensions: 17 7/8 in. x 17 3/4 in. x 2 1/2 in. (45.4 cm x 45.09 cm x 6.35 cm)
Currently on view


Leslie Maghan, Minnesota ( - )

Unicorn Oriental Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona ( - July 1984)

Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California (July 1984 - November 2, 2006)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (November 2, 2006 - )

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04/14/2017 Diana Chou
The largest figure in this panel is the Buddha, who grasps the hand of his half-brother Nanda, whom he hopes will become a monk. Nanda is reluctant to leave his wife, so the Buddha takes him to see heaven and the beautiful celestial nymphs awaiting him there should he achieve enlightenment. The brothers are greeted by Indra, king of the gods, while Vajrapani, the Buddha’s bearded attendant, hovers in the background.

Last Updated: 4/14/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Tastes in Asian Art Rotation , 5/28/2005 - 11/6/2005

Temple, Palace, Mosque: Southern Asian & Persian Art , 1/2/2010 - 2/1/2011

Temple Palace and Mosque Rotations San Diego Museum of Art , 8/16/2010 - 00/00/00

Temple, Palace, Mosque: Temple Arts for Sacred Spaces of Southern Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 6/23/2012 - 1/6/2013

Arts of South and Southeast Asia 2nd to 16th Century , 6/16/2014 - 12/14/2014

Arts of South and Southeast Asia 2nd - 6th century The San Diego Museum of Art , 12/20/2014 - 00/00/00

Arts of South and Southeast Asia The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/20/2017 - 00/00/00

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