8.8 x 5.4 x 6.8 cm
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.
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Buddhist Art', Sydney, 2003, 32 (colour illus.).
Trash or Treasure: Souvenirs of Travel, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, 25 Jun 2008–30 Jun 2009