pala period

Buddha Calling on Earth to Witness, 800s, Northeastern India, Bihar, Tetravan, Pala Period (750-1197) This sculpture is one of a series that depict the Buddha at different scenes in his life. Here, he is at Bodhgaya, the place where he achieved enlightenment. At the top of the composition are the branches of the ficus tree with its heart-shaped leaves, under which he achieved enlightenment. His hand gesture indicates that he is calling upon the goddess of the earth to witness the moment.