Model of the Mahabodhi Temple
12th century AD
Museum no. IS.21-1986
Height: 12 cm; Width 5 cm; Depth 7.5 cm
Descriptions of Bodhgaya refer to periodic restorations and the architectural style evident in this model suggest that it post-dates the extensive renovations of the temple by Burmese donors in the late 11th century. Models of this kind were made a substitutes for pilgrimage, to enable those unable to make the journey to experience this holy centre of Buddhism.