Votive Plaque with Budhha Seated in the Bodh Gaya Temple Maker: Unknown

10th-11th century

Asian Art

On view, 2nd floor, Asian Art

The shape of the tower, and the lowered right hand of the Buddha seated inside it, indicate that this plaque represents the Historical Buddha Shakyamuni at Bodh Gaya in India. A famous temple marking the location of this momentous event, Bodh Gaya was one of the most important sites for practice and pilgrimage from the ninth to the twelfth century. Images of the temple are prevalent in votive plaques such as this one, which were made throughout Buddhist Asia to serve as both offerings and souvenirs.




3 11/16 × 2 3/4 in. (9.4 × 7 cm)

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Gift of Jai K. Chandrasekhar, B.A. 1987, J.D. 1997

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Pagan Kingdom (849–1247)


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Antiquebuddhas.com, Singapore; purchased in 1999 by Jai K. Chandrasekhar, New York.; gift in 2007 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
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