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Votive Plaque: Seated Buddha in a Temple

Period:
Pala period
Date:
ca. 9th–10th century
Culture:
India, Bihar, possibly Bodhgaya or Nalanda
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); D. 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of John and Evelyn Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.462.6
Not on view
Such plaques were made of clay from sacred pilgrimage sites and hence had intrinsic power as relics for pilgrims. The Buddha sits in a temple like the one at Bodhgaya, where he reached enlightenment; surrounding him is a forest of stupas and below is the same ye dharma verse found on the Buddha from Nalanda outlining the path to enlightenment, or Buddhist dharma.
Inscription: Text fills lower area of frame.
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