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Votive Plaque: Seated Buddha in a Temple, ca. 9th–10th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of The Kronos Collections, 1982 (1982.462.6) | Molded images were produced at the great pilgrimage sites and had relic status for devotees. Here, the Buddha sits within a temple that looks very much like the Mahabodhi temple at Bodhgaya. #Buddhism

Buddha Preaching the First Sermon at Sarnath, 11th century. India (Bihar, probably Nalanda). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1920 (20.43) | This Buddha from Nalanda could well have been housed in a temple. As early images typically were attached to relic structures this idea of venerating an independent image of the Buddha reflects a shift in practice that was especially important for the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. #Buddhism

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