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Votive stupa. A miniature votive stupa with a high, conical finial and inward curving base, broken open to reveal a stamped inscription inside; made of buff-coloured terracotta.
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Height: 7.50 centimetres
Width: 4.10 centimetres
Depth: 2.80 centimetres
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Nāgārjuna contends that the doctrine of Pratītyasamutpāda (dependent origination), properly understood, constitutes the philosophical basis for the rejection and avoidance of all metaphysical theories and concepts, including causation.
Building ‘stūpas’ of every size produced merit: until recently small clay ‘stūpas’ were still impressed from moulds in Tibet, and in 7th-century India they were made from small piles of earth. Great numbers of terracotta ‘stūpas’ have been found in eastern India and, where they are damaged or have been broken open, seen to contain an impression of the Buddhist creed as a 'relic' or deposit by which these modest objects were sanctified. Both these examples are from Gayā District, the complete ‘stūpa’ from the vanished shrine at Dharawat, the broken ‘stūpa’ from Bodh Gaya. Like plaques they were presented to the shrine and placed in larger ‘stūpas’. Their profiles resemble ‘stūpas’ and ‘stūpa’-shaped finials of c. AD800 in Java.
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2010 Aug 4- Nov 15, China, Shanghai Museum, ‘India: The Art of the Temple’
26 Jul-18 Nov, 2007: Barcelona, CaixaForum, L'Escultura en els Temples Indis. L'Art de Devocio.
Buddhism: Art and Faith (BM 1985)
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