A Rare Terracotta Votive Plaque

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: India: Pre 1800: Item # 1308904
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Seated Buddha --Pala Period circa 9th–10th Century The Buddha sits among a forest of stupas in the lotus position with the hand mudra gesture of touching the earth (bhumisparsa mudra). This symbolizes the “calling of the earth to witness” that he has resisted all temptations and achieved enlightenment . Such plaques were made of clay from sacred pilgrimage sites and hence had intrinsic power as relics for pilgrims. Ref: Metropolitan Museum of Art Origin : Bihar India, possibly Bodhgaya or Nalanda Dimensions: 7 inches high 4 3/4 inches wide