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Votive tablet

Votive tablet

  • Place of origin:

    Pagan (made)

  • Date:

    11th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Terra cotta

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. Donald Gunn

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 17, shelf 2

Physical description

The tablet is roughly rectangular in shape, the top of which is fashioned in the form of a pointed arch. Within a deeply-sunk cavity is a sculptural relief impressed from a metal-die. In the middle, of which Gautama the Buddha is seen seated upon a lotus-throne, that is supported by an elephant and two lions. His hands are held in bhumisparsha mudra (the earth touching gesture). Surrounding him are convential representations of seven episodes from his life: his birth in the Lumbini grove, enlightenment, the subjugation of the elephant Nalagiri, the conversion of Apalala (the Nagaor Serpent King), the first sermon at Sarnath, the Buddha Maitreya in front of whom is a kneeling devotee (possibly Yashodhara), and the horse Kanthaka.

Place of Origin

Pagan (made)


11th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Terra cotta


Diameter: 4 in, Width: 3 in, Height: 3.7 in, Width: 3 in, Depth: 1.4 in

Object history note

Gifted by Donald Gunn.

Descriptive line

Votive tablet with seated Buddha showing seven subjects from his life, terracotta, Pagan, Burma, 11th century

Production Note

Upper Burma-found probably in the precincts of the Kyaukku Ohnmin temple.


Terra cotta

Subjects depicted





South & South East Asia Collection

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