Shakyamuni Buddha as a Child
Dimensions- : 10 in. high (25.4 cm)
Credit LineGift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
LabelAccording to legend, Shakyamuni was born from his mother’s side when she reached up to touch a blossoming tree branch in a garden grove. Shining with a radiant light, he took seven steps and then raised his finger to the heavens proclaiming, “I am the World-Honored One. This is my last birth. There will be no more rebirths.” Sculptures depicting this story were especially popular in Japan, Korea and China, where they were traditionally displayed, ritually washed and decorated to celebrate the Buddha’s birthday on the eighth day of the fourth lunar month.