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Title
Moonstone
Creator
Bopearachchi, Osmund
Date Created and/or Issued
2014
Publication Information
Claremont Colleges Library
Contributing Institution
Claremont Colleges Library
Collection
Ancient Cultural Sites and Royal Residences
Rights Information
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Description
Length: 8 feet. Width: 3 feet, 11 inches. The design of the moonstone is in the traditional semi-circular shape, with multiple concentric bands. At the center is a half-lotus enclosed in a row of petals in buds and beyond it a row of open petals. They are followed towards the outer edge by a row of eleven geese (hamsa) carrying lotus buds in the beak, a rambling creeper, and line of nine animals in the order from left to right: an elephant, horse, lion, and bull, and an added elephant at the end. At the edge is a so-called "circle of fire." See the symbolism depicted in the traditional moonstone in the glossary.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs00401.JPG
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/514
Subject
Moonstones (Early to late Anurādhapura Period)
Time Period
Undated
Place
Mahāvihāra (The "great" monastery): Ruvanvälisǟya area
Anurādhapura
Sri Lanka
Relation
Ancient Buddhist Sites and Royal Residences in Sri Lanka - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/p15831coll15

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