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Buddha Plaque

On wooden stand

Buddhism originated in India appr. from the 5th cent. B.C. onwards. Buddhism came to Tibet from the 7th century. The transmission of the teaching from India took place in a process that lasted for centuries. Buddhism lost more and more importance in India after the 13th century. At the same time, Hinduism came more and more to the fore. In the early 8th century, an Arab or Islamic conquest began in India. With a victory over the Rajputs of Prithviraja III at Delhi in 1192, the Muslims asserted themselves in northern India. In 1199, they also dealt a death blow to Indian Buddhism with the destruction of the monastery of Nalanda.

This Buddha plaque was made as a low relief of fired clay. It originates from North India [Bihar] or from the north of Burma [today Myanmar] and shows the historical Buddha Shakyamuni in the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya in eastern India.

Buddha is sitting on a lotus throne and he holds his right hand in the earth touching gesture [bhumisparsa mudra] as a symbol of his enlightenment and victory over the devil Mara. He is flanked by the Dipankara Buddha [left] and Maitreya Buddha [right]. All three figures are located in separate niches bordered with beads and decorative pointed arches. In the upper part of the panel several small stupas were depicted [today only partially recognizable]. At the lower edge is the one unfortunately no longer readable line in Devanagari script. Presumably it is the Buddhist creed.

The plaque is extremely aesthetically designed and provides a beautiful and stylish focal point in a room.

Status report: The age of at least 800 years has left its mark. The upper part of the tsa tsa is no longer completely preserved.

The integrated stand makes placement simple.

Price: 319 $ | 290 €
Measurements with stand: 8.8 x 6.4 x 2.8 inches | 22 x 16 x 7 cm
Measurements without stand: 7.2 x 6.0 x 2.0 inches | 18 x 15 x 5 cm
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
Age: 10th - 12thcent.
High resolution: Display [1.2 MB, 2396 x 3123 px.]
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