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Antique & Ethnographic Art

 Siddhartha's First Bath, 

Gandhara, 1st-5th century



Bath of the Newborn Siddhartha (Bath of the Infant Gautama Buddha)

terracotta votive tablet

8.5 x 6.5 cm

Gandhara (Afghanistan/Pakistan); said to be from Taxila

circa 1st-5th century CE (Kushan or Gupta) 

The newborn Siddhartha (Gautama Buddha) is standing on a stool, flanked by two kneeling women holding his arms and showered by a stream of water issuing from two converged pots held up by attendants, probably by the gods Indra on the right and Brahma on the left.

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