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Pagan 11th Century Terracotta Votive Tablet

Pagan 11th Century Terracotta Votive Tablet


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1492: Item # 724257

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This well preserved tablet dating to the 11th century is a terracotta image of Buddha seated in bhumisparsa, or earth-touching position, within an arched niche under a tree. The tree possibly represents the bodhi tree where Buddha attained enlightenment. Relics such as this have been recovered from under stupa throughout Burma. Small clay votive plaques were first introduced in neighboring India as mementos for pilgrims visiting Buddhist sites. They were adopted in Burma during the 7th century and became a way for the faithful to show respect and gain merit by making donations of the plaques to monasteries and temples, where they were buried under stupa as Buddhist relics. Over time the plaques made in Burma took on uniquely Burmese iconography with identifying period and regional features. This one, with its ornate arch and lotus throne, can be placed in the Pagan Period (1044-1287). For examples of similar votive plaques, see "Burmese Crafts Past and Present," by Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Oxford University Press, 1994, pp. 194, 195, and "Victoria and Albert Museum Burmese Art," by John Lowry, Plate 24. This plaque is in good condition with all elements intact. Dimensions: height 5" (13 cm), width 2-3/4" (7 cm), depth 3/4" (2 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM