Religious tablet


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

Religious plaque representing scenes from the Buddha's life around a main Buddha image. A central Buddha making the gesture of enlightenment is surrounded clockwise by the Parileyyaka retreat, the First Sermon (with two monks), the taming of the Nalagiri elephant, the final nirvana, the descent from Tavatimsa Heaven, the twin miracle, and the birth. Buddhist creed inscription at the bottom. Made of impressed terracotta.


  • Title: Religious tablet
  • Date Created: 1100s-1200s
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 16.5 centimetres
  • Production place: Pagan, Mandalay Division, Burma
  • Material: Terracotta
  • Copyright: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • British Museum link: 1899,1016.1
  • Acquisition: Donated by Dr Walter Leo Hildburgh

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