Relief fragment depicting Prince Siddhartha, the future Buddha, cutting his hair in renunciation

On display

In this relief fragment, the prince uses a short sword to cut his hair, prior to becoming a wandering ascetic. The attendant receives his discarded turban.


Further reading

Taddei, Maurizio, ‘Some Reflections on the Formation of the Buddha Image: Keynote Address’, Ellen M. Raven, ed., Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference of the European Association of South Asian Archaeologists, held at the Universiteit Leiden, 5-9 (Groningen: Egbert Forsten, 2008), pp. 3-4, illus. p. 5 fig. 1.3

Jongeward, David, Buddhist Art of Gandhara in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2019), no. 14 on p. 40

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