Seated Buddha Flanked by Two Bodhisattvas, Mon–Dvaravati period, 7th9th century
Terracotta; H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm), W. 2 in. (5.1 cm), D. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)
Gift of Michael Phillips and Juliana Maio, 2001 (2001.770.1)
Here the Buddha is shown seated on a lotus throne flanked by enlightened bodhisattvas. Such imagery is associated with the Mahayana Buddhist conception of Buddhas residing in heavens.