Votive Tablet with Inscription
Buddha in bhumisparsa mudra (gesture of calling the earth to witness) framed by an architectural motif, additional smaller Buddhas and foliage.
Burma/Myanmar; 11th Century
DU 1971.147; Denison University
This is a gilded votive tablet dating from the late eleventh century. Here, the Buddha is seated in the earth-touching gesture between massive pillars supporting a heavily ornate arch with superstructure. The Buddha’s throne is flanked by lions, a symbol of royalty which reflects, in this context, the Buddha’s spiritual superiority.