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The Buddha taming the enraged elephant Nalagiri
Place of Origin: India, Bihar state
Date: approx. 850-875
Materials: Basalt
Style or Ware: Pala
Dimensions: H. 24 1/2 in x W. 15 in x D. 6 1/2 in, H. 62.2 cm x W. 38.1 cm x D. 16.5 cm
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: B67S4
On Display: Yes
Location: Gallery 2

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Label: The Buddha's evil cousin sent an enraged elephant to attack him. The Buddha held his ground and is said to have suffused the elephant with loving-kindness of mind. The elephant knelt in submission. This story can be understood as symbolizing our need to subdue our uncontrolled and violent animal instincts. Here the Buddha is accompanied by a fellow monk carrying a staff and an alms bowl. From the Buddha's right hand radiate lions, representing the power of his compassion.

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Exhibition History: "Indian Stone Sculpture ", SFO Airport, 11/15/1985 - 3/1986
Label: The Buddha's evil cousin sent an enraged elephant to attack him. The Buddha held his ground and is said to have suffused the elephant with loving-kindness of mind. The elephant knelt in submission. This story can be understood as symbolizing our need to subdue our uncontrolled and violent animal instincts. Here the Buddha is accompanied by a fellow monk carrying a staff and an alms bowl. From the Buddha's right hand radiate lions, representing the power of his compassion.
Exhibition History: "Indian Stone Sculpture ", SFO Airport, 11/15/1985 - 3/1986