Votive Plaque (Tsa Tsa) with a Stupa, 10th–11th century. Tibet. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Rogers Fund, by exchange, 2011 (2011.43) | This molded clay votive plaque (“tsa tsa”) from Tibet presents a stepped stupa similar to those of north India. The “ye dharma” inscription in the background caries core the meaning of the Buddha’s teachings. This status as the Buddha’s “dharma body” gives this plaque a very real relic significance. #Buddhism
When archaeologists excavated Mesa Verde in the late 19th century, they found a collection of mugs so vast that they named the discovery site the Mug House. Because artifacts like these are so rare and so intrinsic to our understanding of a past culture, according to preservation law, prehistoric archaeological artifacts are actually considered a part of the built environment -- something typically reserved for architecture.