Andagu Stone Burmese Buddhist Iconography
AGE: – Undetermined – likely Toungoo Dynasty (1486-1752)
CONSTRUCTION: – Andagu Stone
HEIGHT: – 15cm
WIDTH: – 8.5cm
DEPTH: – 3cm
WEIGHT: – 650gms
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Andagu Stone Burmese Buddhist Iconography shows the central figure of the Buddha seated on a double lotus pedestal flanked by his two chief disciples Sariputta and Moggallana, both dressed in simple monks’ robes. Above the central figure of the Buddha is the dying Buddha (in Parinirvana) lying on a bed, flanked by two seated Maitreya (future Buddha).
Many of these small andagu stone stele or plaques today are in very good condition, suggesting that they may have been placed in a relic chamber inside a stupa or possibly the relic chamber of a Buddha statue. due to the size of some of these carvings, they may have been carried by monks on pilgrimages to use as teaching tools.
Andagu stone carvings have been found in Pagan, some in Mandalay, and some in Rakhine State. During the Pagan period, eight scene steles were also cast in bronze and are extremely rare.