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Bell-shaped copper finial from Bodh Gaya

Bell-shaped copper finial from Bodh Gaya

Photographer: Garrick, Henry Baily Wade

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(72)

Item number: 100372

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a large gilt copper finial found in the Mahabodhi Temple complex at Bodh Gaya, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Henry Baily Wade Garrick in 1880-81. The Mahabodi Temple complex is one of the holy sites related to the life of Buddha, as it is the place where he attained Enlightenment. The original shrine is believed to have been raised by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC and the present temple dates from the 7th Century, late Gupta period. The temple was built in front of the Bodhi Tree, under which the Buddha obtained enlightenment, surrounded by a quadrangular stone railing.

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