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Buddhist Votive Tablet
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Buddhist Votive Tablet


Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This tablet was made for a pilgrim to Bodh Gaya, the place in eastern India where Shakyamuni Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment. It depicts the Buddha at the moment of his enlightenment: Meditating under the Bodhi tree, he reached down with his right hand to call the earth goddess to witness the great event. At Bodh Gaya, a shrine was later built around the tree; here, it is represented as a tiered structure with branches growing between its various levels. The image of the Buddha, flanked by two bodhisattvas, recalls both the temple’s devotional sculpture and the Buddha himself. The inscription along the periphery, in an Indian script, relates the “Buddhist creed” which states that all things arise from a cause, and that the Buddha has explained both this cause and how to bring it to an end (and thus achieve spiritual liberation). Tibetan letters on the back of the tablet suggest that it was made for a Tibetan patron, either in Bodh Gaya itself or along the pilgrimage route. Votive tablets such as this one served both as meritorious offerings and as souvenirs. Most were made of clay; metal tablets such as this one would have been more expensive to produce and to acquire.
Exhibitions
  • Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art. Asia Society, New York. 2010.
Provenance B. N. Bharwy, New Delhi [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, February 1977, [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2008, by gift.
Inscriptions front & back
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2008

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Creators
Period
11th century
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.3075
Measurements
H: 3 3/4 x W: 3 5/16 x D: 3/4 in. (9.53 x 8.41 x 1.91 cm)
Geographies
  • Tibet (Place of Origin)
  • India, Bihar (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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