An image of Model of the temple at Bodhgaya

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Model of the temple at Bodhgaya

Location
Not on display
Further information

The temple at Bodhgaya marks the site where the Buddha attained Enlightenment ('bodhi') and has thus become an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists. The portable model of the temple is finely carved with friezes depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha, bodhisattvas and other guardian figures. Models such as this were sold to pilgrims as souvenirs of their visit and might have been kept on the worshipper's home altar.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.32.

Place of origin
Bodhgaya, Bihar, India
Period
India: Pala Period circa 760–1142
Year
10th century-11th century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
chlorite
Dimensions
8.8 x 5.4 x 6.8 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000
Accession number
10.2000