Posted on: 29 April 2013


A flattened terracotta ball impressed with a sealing bearing three large stūpas and six smaller ones. Below the Pratītyasamutpāda Gāthā in three lines.

Excavated/Findspot: Nalanda, site 9.

ca.10 century

© Trustees of the British Museum

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What would be the purpose of such a piece? Something to keep on person/room for the Monk?

Dependent co-origination. The principle which refutes existence of atman..

Whatever the purpose, it is beautiful.

Though couldn't make much of the curator's explanation myself...!!%2FOR%2F!!%2F141218%2F!%2F141218-3-9%2F!%2FDonated+by+Director-General+of+Archaeology%2C+India%2F!%2F%2F!!%2F%2F!!!%2F&orig=%2Fresearch%2Fsearch_the_collection_database%2Fadvanced_search.aspx¤tPage=2&numpages=10