How sacred objects were made from clay
Sacred objects were used in the creation of a clay tablet that was carved out of stone to form the holy objects vestures, according to research.
Researchers say the tablet was carved from an ancient pottery known as jedi sacred clay.
They say the pottery, which was unearthed in the ancient city of Nakhon Phanom in Thailand, contains clay from the Temple of Heaven in China.
A bronze statue of Buddha was carved into the tablet, while the statue of a Buddhist saint was placed inside the tablet.
The researchers say they have now been able to date the tablets from the 3rd century to around the 4th century, suggesting the tablet is made of an ancient clay that dates back to the 6th century.
The tablet, which is made from jedi holy clay, is part of a collection of artifacts that was unearthed at the Nakhont Phanoms temple in Thailand’s Nakhom district.
The temple, built in the 644 AD, is located in a temple complex known as the Nathakom Temple.
The collection of ancient Buddhist objects was found during a search in the area in the early 1990s, but the researchers have not been able until now to date them to the period of their manufacture.
Dr Tom Hulce, who led the research at the University of New South Wales, said the potter was an apprentice of a master.
He said it was important to recognise the importance of the temple’s collection because it contained the first recorded examples of jedi, the mythical warrior-god.
“In the 6-7th century the temples in Thailand were constructed with jedi clay, which had been used for centuries by Buddhist monks and nuns,” he said.
“So when the master and apprentice of this pottery work on this tablet, they were making a pottery that was specifically adapted to the temple of the Buddhist monastery in Nakhons.”
This pottery is extremely important for understanding the evolution of Buddhism in the Thai Buddhist community because it has an extremely long history of use by monks and lay people.
“The Buddhist scriptures say that jedi can give birth to a living Buddha.
So the potters’ apprenticeship in the temple complex, and their use of jodeen [jedi] clay, gives us insight into the early development of Buddhism and how it evolved into a religion that had its own religion.”
The tablet is one of more than 100 jedi objects found in the site.
Dr Hulace said the tablets contained information about the history of Buddhism.
“They are very valuable to us because they are very ancient, they have very good dates of manufacture, they are incredibly valuable for us to understand the early evolution of the religion of Buddhism,” he explained.
“The potters themselves are extremely important to us in understanding the development of the cult of the Buddha, because they were monks and they had a temple to their own temple.”