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Terracotta Antiquities

Antiquities authenticated and attributed by Alex Malloy.


Eastern India, Buddhist Terracotta Votive Sealing, c. 8th Century
Click for a larger photo At holy sites and temples Buddhist pilgrims would purchase small votive offerings, to present to the shrine to be interred inside a stupa, or to take home as a memento. Votive offerings varied from place to place and over time. They were often made of terracotta and included small plaques, stupas, and sealings. The various sealings texts include meaningless pseudo-writing, repeated mantras, passages from the Ramayana, the Buddhist creed, prayers, etc. Because few early Buddhist manuscripts have survived in India, the writings found on these humble sealings provide a rare glimpse of the various scripts used in India in ancient and early medieval times. -- http://papyri.tripod.com/buddhist/introsealings.html
AB54492. cf. Zwalf 1985, p. 33 and nos. 144 - 146; edge chip and chipped area of text, maximum diameter 31 mm, obverse Sanskrit text: the Buddhist Creed; reverse undecorated; mica sparkling in the clay, ex Alex G. Malloy; $40.00 SALE PRICE $36.00



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