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Relief depicting the death of the Buddha (Mahaparinirvana)

  • Description

    The Buddha died at the age of eighty, reclining in a grove of trees. His last words to his disciples before attaining final nirvana were, ‘All composite things must pass away. Be therefore mindful and vigilant!’

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Gandhara (place of creation)
    AsiaPakistanNorth-West Frontier ProvinceMardan district Sikri (possible place of creation)
    late 2nd century - early 3rd century AD
    Kushan Period (AD 50 - 600)
    Associated people
    the Buddha (active c. 560 BC - c. 486 BC) (subject)
    Material and technique
    grey schist
    38.5 x 39.5 x 12 cm (height x width x depth)
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    Credit line
    Presented by the Reverend J. C. Murray-Aynsley, 1911.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2006, Pilgrimage: The Sacred Journey, Ruth Barnes and Crispin Branfoot, eds. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2006), p. 56, illus. p. 56 fig. 50a


    • Ground floor | Room 12 | India to 600

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