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Buddhist Triad with Maitreya, Shakyamuni and Avalokiteshvara, c. 1000

India: Bihar, Gaya (?), 975-1025
overall: 26-3/4 x 17-1/8 x 6-1/2 in. (67.9 x 43.5 x 16.5 cm)
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The large central figure is Buddha Shakyamuni, seated beneath the bodhi tree, suggested by the two large branches with leaves on either side of his head. While seated beneath the bodhi tree, the Buddha becomes enlightened, signified by his gesture of touching the earth with his right hand.

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