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Votive Tablet Depicting Shakyamuni Buddha

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
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.
MEDIUM Terracotta
  • Place Made: Burma (Myanmar)
  • DATES 11th–14th century
    PERIOD Pagan Period
    DIMENSIONS 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (9.5 x 7 cm) mount (display dims with wall mount): 4 × 3 × 3 1/2 in. (10.2 × 7.6 × 8.9 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Jai Chandrasekhar
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
    CAPTION Votive Tablet Depicting Shakyamuni Buddha, 11th–14th century. Terracotta, 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (9.5 x 7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Jai Chandrasekhar, 2004.3.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2004.3.3.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 2004.3.3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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