Buddha Seated Under the Bodhi Tree

Period:
Mon-Dvaravati period
Date:
8th–9th century
Culture:
Thailand (Buriram province[?])
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.131
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.
[ Alex Biancardi , Sydney, until 1997, sold to MMA]