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Lot 31
TRIRATNA EN ALLIAGE DE CUIVRE
REGION DE GANDHARA, III/IVE SIECLE
1 – 10 June 2021, 12:00 CEST
Paris

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TRIRATNA EN ALLIAGE DE CUIVRE

REGION DE GANDHARA, III/IVE SIECLE
Himalayan Art Resources item no.4440
20 cm (7 7/8 in.) high

Footnotes

A COPPER ALLOY TRIRATNA
ANCIENT REGION OF GANDHARA, 3RD/4TH CENTURY

The triratna (skt. "three jewels") is an ancient symbol of the three principal objects of veneration in Buddhism: the Buddha, the dharma (teachings), and the samgha (monastic community). As Buswell & Lopez explain, "One of the most common practices that define a Buddhist is "taking refuge" (sarana) in the three jewels. This formula, which accompanies many lay and monastic rituals, involves a formal declaration that the practitioner 'goes to' each of the three jewels for refuge (sarana) or protection. The Sanskrit formula translates to 'I go to the Buddha for refuge. I go to the dharma for refuge. I go to the samgha for refuge.' By repeating this formula three times, one identifies oneself as a Buddhist." (Adapted from Buswell & Lopez, "Ratnaraya" in The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism), Princeton, 2014.)

Compare other Gandharan examples of triratna published in Kurita, Gandharan Art, vol.II, Tokyo, 1990, p.257, figs.779-81.

Provenance
Private European Collection assembled in the 1960s and 1970s

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