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Title
Gal Vihāra complex: Standing Buddha figure: Statue carved in rock
Creator
de Silva, Preethi
Date Created and/or Issued
2016
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
Standing Buddha figure on a lotus pedestal and cut out of the living gneiss rock. Its height is 6.92 meters. The hands are held crossed over the chest - a posture also depicted in later paintings and a few other statues. This statue is considered the most expressive of kindness among the latter. It may refer to the meditating Buddha gazing in homage at the Bodhi tree (but in samādhi attitude) in the second week following Enlightenment. The left leg of the figure is slightly bent and the neck somewhat outstretched.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs01026.jpg
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/1100
Subject
Buddha
Sculpture
Time Period
12th century CE
Place
Gal Vihāra (Temple of stone): Uttarārāmā
Polonnaruva
Sri Lanka
Relation
Ancient Buddhist Sites and Royal Residences in Sri Lanka - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/p15831coll15

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