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Title
Isurumuniya, rock temple: north of shrine: sculpture of seated man and a horse
Creator
Bopearachchi, Osmund
Date Created and/or Issued
2005
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
Close-up of sculpture of man and horse. The famous figures of a man seated in "maharājalilāsana" posture and a horse, carved out of the living rock. According to Senerat Paranavitana, it is "a representation of Parjana, the personification of the Cloud, and the horse symbolizes Agni, the Fire God and the sculpture most probably was concerned with some kind of popular agricultural ritual." In less ornamented Indian Pallava-style with elongated features. Height: 0.950 meters.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs00752.JPG
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/855
Subject
Sculpture
Bas-relief
Time Period
Attributed to 7th century CE
Place
Isurumuniya (Kurunegala Road)
Anurādhapura
Sri Lanka
Relation
Ancient Buddhist Sites and Royal Residences in Sri Lanka - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/p15831coll15

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