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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2005.173
People
Nandalal Bose, Indian (1882 - 1966)
Title
Untitled (Tree of Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya)
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1960
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, West Bengal
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/8019
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Black ink with traces of charcoal on Asian paper
Inscriptions and Marks
  • seal: lower right: rectangular, red, intaglio seal of the artist
  • inscription: lower right: graphite, Bengali: ৩.২০.৬০ (3.20.60) [March 20 1960]
  • inscription: signed: lower right: black ink, Bengali: ৩০ ৯ ৬০ (30 9 60) [30 September 1960], signature of the artist
Provenance
Nandalal Bose, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India, (-1966), by inheritance; to his son, Biswarup Bose, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India (1966-1969 to 1971), gift; to Supratik Bose, grandson of Nandalal Bose, Cambridge, MA, (between 1969 and 1971-2013), gift; to a private collector, Cambridge, MA (by 2005), gift; to the Harvard University Art Museums.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Anonymous gift in honor of the artist and his family
Accession Year
2005
Object Number
2005.173
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
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Descriptions
Description
The Buddha is believed to have achieved enlightenment while meditating beneath a tree at Bodh Gaya, now located in the state of Bihar, in eastern India. In this painting, the upward movement of the artist’s brushstrokes forms the trunk of a descendant of that tree, which serves as a focal point for the devotion and meditation of worshippers visiting the site.

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