Buddha Seated under the Bodhi Tree
Thailand(Buriram province, probablyPrakhon Chai)
Terracotta with traces of red lacquer(?)
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); W. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Purchase, Gifts of friends of Jim Thompson, in his memory, 1991
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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