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Introduction Michael Willis, Sam van Schaik, John Clarke 1. The Mahabodhi Temple Before its Restoration (J. P. Losty) 2. The Asana: Where the Buddha Sat (Daniela De Simone, Daniel Balogh, Sven Bretfield) 3. Pithipati Puzzles: Custodians of the Diamond Throne (Daniel Balogh) 4. Early Burmese Inscriptions from Bodhgaya (Tilman Frasch) 5. The Internalisation of the Vajrasana (Sam van Schaik) 6. Tibetan Inscriptions in the British Museum Archive (Tsering Gonkatsang, Michael Willis) 7. Buddhist Sealings and the ye dharma Stanza (Peter Skilling) 8. Dharan i Seals in the Cunningham Collection (Gergely Hidas) 9. A Terracotta Plaque with an Old Mon Inscription (Marc Miyake, Tilman Frasch, Michael Willis) 10. Five Terracotta Plaques with Figurative Imagery (Serena Biondo) 11. The Mahabodhi Plaque of the Goddess Marici (Jinah Kim, Kashinath Tamot, Sushma Jansari) 12. From Bodhgaya to Berlin (Claudine Bautze-Picron) 13. Numismatic Finds at Bodhgaya (Robert Bracey) 14. Deposits at Bodhgaya: Objects, Materials, Analysis (Michael Willis, Joanna Whalley, Beatriz Cifuentes, Robert Bracey) 15. Chinese Inscriptions from Bodhgaya (Michael Willis, Serena Biondo) 16. Materials of Plaques 1887,0717.146-147 (Marei Hacke)

About the Author

Sam van Schaik is a specialist in Tibetan Buddhism and is the head of the Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library. Before this he was a principal investigator on the ERC project Beyond Boundaries: Religion, Region, Language and the State. He is the author of several books including Tibet: A History, Tibetan Zen and Buddhist Magic. Daniela De Simone is an archaeologist and a museum curator. She studied Indian languages and cultures at L'Orientale, University of Naples. Daniela was a researcher of the ERC project Beyond Boundaries: Religion, Region, Language and the State and curated the British Museum's permanent exhibit of South Asian archaeological materials. Before this, she was Assistant Programme Specialist at UNESCO New Delhi and Field Director of the Italian Archaeological Mission to Nepal for the Italian Institute for Africa and the Orient. Gergely Hidas completed a DPhil in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford. Between 2014 and 2019 he worked as a team member of the Beyond Boundaries project at the British Museum. He is the author of Mahapratisara-Mahavidyarajni: The Great Amulet, Great Queen of Spells (Aditya Prakashan, 2012), A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture: Vajratundasamayakalparaja (De Gruyter, 2019) and Powers of Protection: the Buddhist Tradition of Spells in the Dharanisamgraha Collections (De Gruyter, 2021). Michael Willis studied Indian civilisation at the University of Chicago. From 1994 he was curator of South Asia at the British Museum and, from 2014 to 2020, led Religion, Region, Language and the State, a project funded by the European Research Council.

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