Votive Plaque: Seated Buddha in a Temple, ca. 9th–10th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of The Kronos Collections, 1982 (1982.462.6) | Molded images were produced at the great pilgrimage sites and had relic status for devotees. Here, the Buddha sits within a temple that looks very much like the Mahabodhi temple at Bodhgaya. #Buddhism
Located at Tōdaiji Temple 東大寺 in Nara, this bronze statue embodies Birushana Nyorai. Over the centuries, the statue (first cast in 752) has been damaged in various fires, natural disasters, and civil disturbances, but it has always been restored.