Tile with Buddha Triad


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 223

Clay relief tiles with figures of the Buddha, known as senbutsu, were made for only a short period of time, between the second half of the seventh and the early eighth century. Here, the Buddha sits beneath a canopy with two (unidentifiable) attendant bodhisattvas in front of the sacred bodhi tree. This example is believed to have been an interior wall decoration at Tachibanadera Temple in Asuka, near the ancient capital of Nara.

Tile with Buddha Triad, Earthenware with traces of color, Japan

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