The Great Shrine of Amaravati was one of the oldest, largest and most important Buddhist monuments in ancient India. This double-sided relief was once part of the shrine – now an archaeological site in south-east India. It shows what the Great Shrine may have looked like, and has images that evoke the Buddha on the reverse.
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The more interesting part of this artwork is that it is from a period of Buddhist art where images of the Buddha were forbidden in art portrayal. Instead, subjects that are representative of the Buddha were portrayed instead. In this artwork's case, the depicted throne represents the Buddha himself.
i adore this museum- i could spent day here- but its like the british just pulled up to ancient sites in their "empire" or anywhere really, and loaded up the truck. amazing collection that they claim they needed to preserve - and i guess in terms of isis and other destroyers, they were partially right.
Christine thanks for posting this. I saw the actual shrine at the British Museum years ago and then they put it away. So seems they have given this artist access. It is strongly linked to my name which was given me by my Indian Guru in the last millenium! Much love and thanks so much for coming to our exhibition. xxx
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