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A Collection of 59 Clay & Metal Buddhist Votive Burma Myanmar,15th -19th Century


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Collection No. Coll - Buddhist Votives
Size 5cm - 12cm
A Collection of 59 Clay & Metal Buddhist Votive Burma Myanmar,15th -19th Century
A Collection of 59 Clay & Metal Buddhist Votive Burma Myanmar,15th -19th Century

In Burma Myanmar clay & metal votives were widely made & used by devote Buddhists who believe that making these images build spiritual merit. Clay votive tablets of the Buddha and Buddhist images represent a significant element of the archaeological record of early Buddhist sites in South East Asia including Burma, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam.

Bronze moulds were used to make clay images that were stamped out & sun dried & then individually painted with gold or silver. They were made in many different types some of the Buddha’s and scenes of the historical Buddha’s life , Bodhisattva’s and other deities.

This collection made over 35 years shows the many different styles of these clay & metal votive.

Votives were also used to fill the inside a Pagoda or Shrine, others were kept as memories of visits to important Buddhist Shrines or temples. In Thailand & Burma ancient clay votive are highly regarded as protection & worn in metal cased necklaces.

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