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Buddha Seated under the Bodhi Tree

Period:
Mon-Dvaravati period
Date:
7th–9th century
Culture:
Thailand(Buriram province, probablyPrakhon Chai)
Medium:
Terracotta with traces of red lacquer(?)
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); W. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gifts of friends of Jim Thompson, in his memory, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.243
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 246
A sizable number of Mon-style plaques of the seventh to ninth century, rich in iconographic variation, have survived from Thailand. These portable, mold-made, terracotta votive plaques must have been commonly available at major Buddhist pilgrimage sites and important religious centers. Their widespread availability and easy portability helped to disseminate Buddhist doctrine, styles, and iconography throughout South and Southeast Asia, as well as the Far East.
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