Buddha’s First Sermon at Sarnath: Gandhara

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Features that indicate this is a representation of the first sermon:

  • two deer: this identifies the scene as happening in the deer park.
  • five monks
  • Dhamma wheel
  • halo as a smooth disk

Date: 2nd century
Culture: Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara)
Medium: Gray schist
Dimensions: H. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm); W. 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm); D. 2 in. (5.1 cm)

 

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