Votive Plaque (Sachcha) of Buddha Calling the Earth to Witness

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Bihar, India, Asia
Probably made in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India, Asia

Medieval Period

c. 10th - 11th century


7 x 4 5/8 x 1 3/4 inches (17.8 x 11.7 x 4.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Purchased with the George W. B. Taylor Fund, 1921

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Sachcha is the Sanskrit term for a votive plaque made of wet clay impressed with a mold. Sachchas were probably taken home by devotees as sacred mementos of their pilgrimages to Bodhgaya and other holy places. On this sachcha, Buddha calls the earth to witness beneath a stylized depiction of the Mahabodhi temple at Bodhgaya. Around the temple are stupas of various sizes, evoking the profusion of votive stupas in the temple compound. Below is inscribed the Buddhist creed.