Indian and Himalayan Art
Votive Plaque (Sachcha) of Buddha Calling the Earth to WitnessMade in Bihar, India, Asia
Probably made in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India, Asia
Pala-Sena Dynasty (750-1100)?, c. 10th - 11th century
Artist/maker unknown, India
Currently not on view
1921-36-18Purchased with the George W. B. Taylor Fund, 1921
LabelSachcha 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.