Taming of Nalagiri

Pala period, ca. 10th century C.E.

Indian Museum, Kolkata

Indian Museum, Kolkata
Kolkata, India

The sculpture depicts the scene of the subjugation of the mad elephant Nalagiri. The elephant was pacified just by a look from the Master, who places his hand over its head. The Buddha is here shown as standing in his usual posture with his right hand bestowing boon on the kneeling elephant. The onlooker to his left with a staff is supposed to be Devadatta. A stupa is the only decoration on the stele.


  • Title: Taming of Nalagiri
  • Date: Pala period, ca. 10th century C.E.
  • Location: Indian Museum, Kolkata
  • Physical Dimensions: Basalt, 44.9x25.7x11.6cm.
  • Provenance: Bihar, India.
  • Type: Sclupture

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