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Plaque with Bodhisattva, 7th-8th century

Thailand: Si Thep(?), Mon-Dvaravati period, 600-799
Gold repoussé
4-3/4 x 2-3/4 in. (12.1 x 7.0 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1975.15.1.2.S
© 2012 Norton Simon Art Foundation

On view

These four gold repoussé plaques depict various Buddhist and animist deities. Objects such as these would have been deposited as offerings in religious monuments such as stupas. The center plaque features a standing figure, perhaps a lunar deity. The leaping hare in the halo is a pan-Asian reference to the moon.


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