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Title
Decorated Frontispiece, lower part of a vāhalkada
Creator
de Silva, Preethi
Date Created and/or Issued
1999
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
Three sides of a decorated frontispiece. It is multi-tiered and one of four found at the four cardinal points of a stūpa. Lowest tier comprises a row of elephant heads. Another in the upper area comprises carvings of several animals that also are found on moonstones-- including elephants, lions, bulls, and horses. In between them is a frieze with projecting makara heads and lotus blossom motive in bas-relief.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs00324.jpg
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/417
Subject
Vāhalkaḍa (Sri Lanka)
Time Period
Begun in 144 BCE (Vāhalkada added later)
Place
Mahāvihāra (The "great" monastery): Ruvanvälisǟya Dāgäbe (Mahāthūpa)
Anurādhapura
Sri Lanka
Relation
Ancient Buddhist Sites and Royal Residences in Sri Lanka - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/p15831coll15

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