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Bodhgaya, Bihar, India

Title
Model of the temple at Bodhgaya
Place of origin
BodhgayaBiharIndia
Period
Pala Period circa 760 - 1142 → India
Year
10th century-11th century
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
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
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.

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Buddhist Art', Sydney, 2003, 32 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Trash or Treasure: Souvenirs of Travel, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, 25 Jun 2008–30 Jun 2009