baldheaded figure with closed eyes, wearing a robe which falls in folds at stomach, lower arms and legs; slightly leaning to proper left, with a small space between proper right arm and body; hands folded at waist

The Monk Ananda, 9th century

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Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  98.166

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Ananda was a cousin to the Buddha and one of his major disciples. Usually credited with being the most attentive among the Buddha’s ten principal followers, Ananda devoted himself to the Buddha as a personal attendant and, after the Buddha’s death recited all of his teachings word-for-word so they could be recorded in writing. In this Chinese imagining of Ananda, he appears as a monk, identifiable by his shaved head and monastic robes. That the figure leans slightly left is an indication that it was originally the right figure in a triad made up of the Buddha and two disciples, Ananda and Kashyapa.

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The Monk Ananda (#184)
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The Monk Ananda
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baldheaded figure with closed eyes, wearing a robe which falls in folds at stomach, lower arms and legs; slightly leaning to proper left, with a small space between proper right arm and body; hands folded at waist