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Tomb Figurine

Asian Art

The form and iconography of these stamped and fired clay tablets are associated with the Eastern Indian Buddhist iconography at Nalanda. Produced for religious pilgrims as souvenirs, these miniature terra-cottas often depicted isolated divine figures in high relief, as here, or narrative scenes of Bodhisattvas (enlightened beings) surrounded by devotees. They may have functioned as reminders of holy images on the great stupas.

MEDIUM Pottery with slip and traces of pigment
DATES 386-535
DYNASTY Northern Wei Dynasty
DIMENSIONS 14 9/16 in. (37 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE By exchange
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CAPTION Tomb Figurine, 386-535. Pottery with slip and traces of pigment, 14 9/16 in. (37 cm). Brooklyn Museum, By exchange, 37.28. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE x-ray, CONS.37.28_2005_xrs.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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Tomb Figurine