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  dhammachakka in Dvaravati style

 

Thailand

This greyish sandstone dhammachakka,  with 32 spokes and in Dvaravati style, dates from the 7th-9th century AD and was found in Sri Thep, in the province of Petchabun.

 

It is on permanent display in the outdoor garden exhibition at the Ramkhamhaeng National Museum in Old Sukhothai. It is the symbol of the Buddha's first public discourse on his doctrine, given to five ascetics at Mrigadava in Sarnath (fig.). The 32 spokes represent the lakshana, i.e. the 32 major marks of a Buddha as described in Buddhist literature.

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