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Group of terracotta figures from Bodh Gaya

Group of terracotta figures from Bodh Gaya

Photographer: Garrick, Henry Baily Wade

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(71)

Item number: 100371

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a group of terracotta images of Hindu deities and Buddha images found on the site of the Mahabodhi Temple, 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 the Buddha attained enlightenment. The original temple was built by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC and the present temple dates from the 7th century, late Gupta period. It was built in front of the Bodhi Tree, under which the Buddha obtained enlightenment, surrounded by a quadrangular stone railing.

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