Gotama Buddha in the gesture of Enlightenment. This image shows the Buddha on the night of his awakening. When challenged by Mara, he demonstrates his worthiness to become enlightened by touching the ground and calling the Earth Goddess to witness his good deeds. Mara flees before the evidence, leaving the Buddha-to-be to become the enlightened Gotama at dawn. 1700s, Burma (Myanmar). Marble with lacquer and gilding. 1872,0701.11. Donated by the Bridge Family.