BEADS, SEALS AND AMULETS, INCLUDING TRIRATNA, WHEEL AND BODHI LEAF MOTIFS, FROM SITES IN NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, THAILAND. PHOTO: COURTESY SUTHI RATANA FOUNDATION 2013 – TAASA Review June 2013

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a much-abraded Buddhist symbol which appears to be the upper portion of a triratna; the form of the symbol here compares with depictions at Sanchi and Amaravati.

The throne denotes the Enlightenment of the Buddha at Bodhgaya, representing the vajrsana, the seat on which the event took place. Here it is depicted within a pavilion supported by four slender pillars surmounted by a canopy made of cloth.

The throne itself shares many of the characteristics of early Amaravati thrones: it has ornate legs, possibly with animal feet, and a footstool with a symbol which may be a vajra, indicating the vajrsana...