Eight Miraculous Events of the Buddha’s Life was a smaller sculpture made of wood that had pigment and gold gilding added to its surface after it was carved and incised, and although it was only 10½ x 6 inches in size—it presented a comprehensive narrative. The artwork was chiseled in very high relief, with finer details incised into its different components. The artwork’s subject was Siddhartha Gautama (also referred to as Shakyamuni) and eight significant miraculous events throughout his...
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...on their journey to enlightenment and remain dedicated to their religious practices and values.
From all the pieces of artwork I had the opportunity to observe at the Norton Simon Museum, Eight Miraculous Events of the Buddha 's Life and Altarpiece with Multiple Jinas immediately appeared similar but portrayed diverse and distinctive narratives. Both sculptures were visually captivating with their attention to details, which enticed me to thoroughly read their additional information and learn more about them; which suggests that these sculptures served that same purpose back in the 13th and 15th century. Just as they plausibly did in the past and as they do today, these sculptures demonstrate the production of art to serve educational purposes to continue to teach about their religions and to inspire their devout followers to continue on their paths of enlightenment.
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