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Foot print of the Buddha

unknown1000-1100 C.E

National Museum - New Delhi
National Museum - New Delhi

The Buddhapada or the Buddha's foot print is carved under
the dome of a votive stupa having a groove in the center for
inserting the umbrella (chhatravali). Among the Buddhists
both the stupa and the footprint symbolizing the Master
were objects of great veneration. The present foot print is
marked with several auspicious designs like a wheel
(chakra), a conch shell placed on a pedestal, a vessel with
spout again placed on a pedestal, a floral motif resembling
the sun, and a crown flanked by two standing figures, one
winged male and the a lady.The Buddhapadas happen to be
very popular since the Sunga period and continued to be
venerated till the present time.

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  • Title: Foot print of the Buddha
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date: 1000-1100 C.E
  • Location: Indian Museum, Kolkata
  • Physical Dimensions: Basalt or phyllite/chlorite schist, ht21.1cm.; Dia: 71cm
  • Provenance: Bodhgaya, Bihar
  • Accession Number: BG1/A24213

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