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Image of Prince Siddartha Leaves his Palace (The Great Departure)

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Prince Siddartha Leaves his Palace (The Great Departure)


Creation date: 2nd century-3rd century
Creation place: Pakistan

Other Information

Type: Stone Sculpture
Medium and Support: Stone
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by The Asiatic Arts Committee of the Fine Arts Gallery in memory of Charles Fabens Kelley, 1960.
Accession Number: 1960.7
Dimensions: 10 3/4 x 18 x 2 1/2 in. (27 x 46 x 6 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

Heeramaneck Galleries, New York, New York ( - Janaury 11, 1960)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (Janaury 11, 1960 - )

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04/14/2017 Diana Chou
Siddhartha lives a happy, sheltered, life in the palace, but he desires more than the pleasures of a royal upbringing. This relief depicts a pivotal moment in his young life—Siddhartha has chosen to renounce his life as a prince in order to seek enlightenment. He rides in secret out of the palace, with the hooves of his horse carried aloft by earth divinities so that their clatter would not arouse the palace guards. He is shown with a halo, and gods carry a parasol and fly whisk over him in deference to his status as one who is about to become a spiritual king.

Last Updated: 4/14/2017

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

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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