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Footprint of the Buddha

In mandala (spiritual maps) such as this one, the Buddha is represented in symbols rather than in human form. An image of this size would have hung in a monastery. The large footprint refers to the Buddha and his presence among the community of monks.

Thai
Footprint of the Buddha
1874
Colors and gold on cloth
120 x 68 in. (304.8 x 172.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 77.7