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Major Buddhist temples in India and Southeast Asia produced molded clay plaques that were collected by pilgrims as sacred souvenirs. These mass-produced, portable images traveled to locations throughout the Buddhist world, disseminating information about Buddhist imagery. The Indian and Burmese plaques show the Buddha touching the Earth at the moment of his enlightenment while the Thai plaque features the Buddha preaching after he has gained enlightenment.
5 1/8 x 3 11/16 x 3/4 in. (13 x 9.3 x 2 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon
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Votive Plaque, 8th century. Terracotta, 5 1/8 x 3 11/16 x 3/4 in. (13 x 9.3 x 2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon, 82.233.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 82.233.5_front_PS4.jpg)
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