Memory, Memento, and Sacred Bond

Plaque with Standing Buddha

  • 79
  • Myanmar/Burma, Pegu area
  • 11th–13th century
  • Gold repoussé
  • H. 8 1/2 x W. 3 1/4 in. (21.6 cm x 8.3 cm)
  • Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Gift of Mr. Johnson S. Bogart, 2005.90
  • Shwedagon Pagoda
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This plaque was likely deposited in a stupa in the region of southern Myanmar together with numerous others of the same type. Iconographic and stylistic developments that occurred around the tenth century during the late Thai Dvaravati period are reflected in this plaque. This is seen in the depiction of the Buddha wearing a belt and in the preference for showing him standing, left arm at his side with his right hand performing the gesture of protection.

PHOTO CREDIT: © Asian Art Museum Foundation, San Francisco. Used by permission

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