Thai Boundary Stone – Sema Bai


Sema Bai are boundary stones which designate the sacred area of an ordination hall (ubosot) in a Thai Buddhist temple. The word “Bai” in Thai means leaf and the flat Sema stones always have the shape of a leaf somewhat akin to the shape of the leaves of the Body tree, the tree under which the Buddha achieved enlightenment.

21″ tall (including stand) 11″ wide 5″ deep, pink sandstone on a contemporary stand, Thailand, early 20th century