Seated Buddha Flanked by Two Bodhisattvas

Period: Mon-Dvaravati period

Date: 7th–9th century

Culture: Thailand

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: H. 2 3/4 in. (7cm); W. 2in. (5.1 cm); D. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of Michael Phillips and Juliana Maio, 2001

Accession Number: 2001.770.1

Description

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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