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Kneeling Monk Devotee (one of a pair)


Artwork Details

Kneeling Monk Devotee (one of a pair)
lacquered and gilded copper alloy
19 11/16 in. x 8 1/4 in. x 10 13/16 in. ( 50 cm x 21 cm x 27.5 cm )
Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection


Subject Matter:

Kneeling monk devotee who makes obeisance to the Buddha. One of a pair, this is one of Buddha's two most important disciples, Mogallana and Shariputra. Their presence symbolizes the importance of using skillful means and knowledge in the search for enlightenment

Physical Description:

Kneeling statue of Buddhist monk devotee Mogallana or Shariputra on a pedestal with round face, hair in tight curls, elongated ears, and hands placed together in mediatation. The pedestal is decorated with lotus petals, and the devotee wears an intricate, close-fitting robe.

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