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.
© Trustees of the British Museum
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...http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/search_the_collection_database/search_object_details.aspx?objectid=224931&partid=1&output=People%2F!!%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