Votive Plaque (Sachcha) of Buddha Calling the Earth to Witness

Artist/maker unknown, India

Geography:
Made in Bihar, India, Asia
Probably made in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India, Asia

Period:
Pala-Sena Dynasty (750-1100)?

Date:
c. 10th - 11th century

Medium:
Terracotta

Dimensions:
7 x 4 5/8 x 1 3/4 inches (17.8 x 11.7 x 4.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Indian and Himalayan Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1921-36-18

Credit Line:
Purchased with the George W. B. Taylor Fund, 1921

Social Tags [?]

bhumisparsa mudra (touching earth) [x]   tsa-tsa [x]  


[Add Your Own Tags]

Label:
Sachcha is the Sanskrit term for a votive plaque made of wet clay impressed with a mold. Sachchas were probably taken home by devotees as sacred mementos of their pilgrimages to Bodhgaya and other holy places. On this sachcha, Buddha calls the earth to witness beneath a stylized depiction of the Mahabodhi temple at Bodhgaya. Around the temple are stupas of various sizes, evoking the profusion of votive stupas in the temple compound. Below is inscribed the Buddhist creed.