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Buddhist votive tablet

Buddhist votive tablet

  • Place of origin:

    Pagan (made)

  • Date:

    11th century - 12th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Terra cotta

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Royal Asiatic Society

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

This moulded plaque is unusual in its depiction of the Buddha in a seated posture with pendant legs, his hands raised in the gesture of teaching the Buddhist law (dharmacakra mudra). This posture and gesture are both unusual in Pagan period representations of the Buddha, and indicate the lingering influence of older Mon traditions of lower Burma, where such representations were favoured. Around Him are many small votive styupas. At the bottom, in Devanagari characters, is the "Ye dharma", & etc or Buddhist Creed.

Place of Origin

Pagan (made)


11th century - 12th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Terra cotta


Height: 6.25 in, Width: 5 in, Thickness: l.5 in

Object history note

Inventoried as part of the contents of the former India Museum transferred to South Kensington Museum in November 1879. Formerly gifted to the V&A and reaccessioned in 1924.

Historical context note

The tablet is roughly in the form of a peepal leaf(ficus religiosa) and in the centre is the Buddha with many small votive stupas around him.

Descriptive line

Terracotta Buddhist votive tablet, Pagan (Burma), 11th - 12th century.

Subjects depicted



Ph_survey; Ceramics; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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