SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

The iconography of Buddhist tablets in Southeast Asia

Delphine Desoutter, PhD student, Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris III

Date: 2 November 2011Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 2 November 2011Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B111

Type of Event: Seminar

First produced in India, Buddhist tablets have been found all over Southeast Asia. They are small and flat objects, on which a representation of the Buddha or of bodhisattvas is stamped with a mould. Generally made of clay or terracotta, it is believed that each production of a tablet will bring more merit to its maker. According to the place and the time, different types of iconography have been created. It can relate to Hinayana, Mahayana, or Vajrayana Buddhism. During this lecture, we will focus on several types of tablet: on the one hand we shall consider iconographies which have travelled all over Southeast Asia, and on the other hand we will look at rare tablets which offer problems of identification.

Organiser: Crispin Branfoot

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