Model of the temple at Bodhgaya
- 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
- India: Pala Period circa 760–1142
- 10th century-11th century
- 8.8 x 5.4 x 6.8 cm
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000
- Accession number
- Estate of Alex Biancardi, 1998-Feb 2000, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia