A Collection of 59 Clay & Metal Buddhist Votives, 15th through 19th Century
|Collection No.||Coll - Buddhist Votives|
|Size||5cm - 12cm|
Clay & metal votives were widely made & used by devote Burmese Buddhists who believe that making these images build spiritual merit.
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 different scenes of the Buddha’s life. This collection shows many different styles of these clay & metal votives.
Votives sometimes were 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 votives are highly regarded as protection & worn in metal cased necklaces.
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.