Model of the Mahabodhi Temple
Wood, painted and gilded
circa 15th century AD
Museum no. IS.50-1995
Height: 9 cm; Width: 8.5 cm; Length: 13.5 cm
The model is decorated with relief panels and two pillars, carved in a distinctive Newari (Nepalese) style. The model is missing its main tower (sikhara) and the miniature stupas which would have decorated the upper platform. 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.