Plaque showing seated Buddha inside temple

ca. 12th century C.E.

Indian Museum, Kolkata

Indian Museum, Kolkata
Kolkata, India

The inscribed plaque represents the Buddha in earth-touching attitude on a lotus placed over a rectangular pedestal with two pillars supporting the temple tower. Several miniature stupas are seen around it. The appearance of some papal leaves on both sides of the temple tower is suggestive of the Buddha’s enlightenment at Bodhgaya.
As stated above, this plaque also served the purpose of attaining merit by donatinglaksha-chaitya.


  • Title: Plaque showing seated Buddha inside temple
  • Date: ca. 12th century C.E.
  • Location: Indian Museum, Kolkata
  • Physical Dimensions: Terracotta, 15.6x9.7x3.1cm.
  • Provenance: Bodhgaya, Bihar, India.
  • Type: Sclupture

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