Jonathan Silk kauzeya at gmail.com
Fri Jun 24 14:31:00 UTC 2016

I hope I will be excused for saying that I wonder whether this is really
from Amaravati; the condition seems extraordinary without a single even
slight chip. Moreover, the surface, in the photo, looks rather much more
like clay than stone. I may of course be wrong, but I'm suspicious of it
even being old at all.

Jonathan Silk

On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 4:21 PM, Matthew Kapstein <mkapstei at uchicago.edu>

> This is pure speculation, but I imagine it that it could be the scene of
> the enlightened
> Buddha's receiving the honor of Kapilavastu when he returns to preach in
> his native land.
> This is described, for instance, in AśvaghoSa's Saundarananda. But it may
> be another
> similar theme of the Buddha being honored by lay devotees elsewhere.
> Matthew Kapstein
> Directeur d'études,
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
> The University of Chicago
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